Springing into Summer with Living Needs

North Devon Gazette

As the weather is getting warmer, you may find it is time to invest in some comfortable footwear. Â

Having properly fitted shoes is a common concern when it comes to foot health, as it can help prevent injuries to the foot and the rest of our body. It is especially important to take care of your feet if you suffer from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes or bunions.Â

How Footwear can Reduce Your Arthritis Symptoms

Health professionals, such as podiatrists and chiropractors, have long seen shoes as a factor that we can modify to help minimise pain and maximise our ability to get out and do things. The wrong shoe worn by someone with arthritis in their hips, knees, ankles or feet can exacerbate existing problems and, down the road, cause damage and complications to many joints beyond the feet. Investing in specialist footwear can reduce or eliminate foot pain for those with arthritis, which improves your overall mobility.Â

Why is Footwear Important if You are Diabetic?Â

Ill-fitting shoes can cause damage to the feet of people who have diabetes due to neuropathy. Neuropathy can cause loss of sensation in the feet which means the damage can go unnoticed.Â

If shoes are too narrow, tight or loose, they can cause blisters or ulcers which can be slow to heal and lead to infections. Therefore, it is important to have comfortable, correctly fitting, extra wide shoes. It is also worth considering investing in seam-free hosiery to prevent snags and ripped toenails, which could lead to infection.Â

Tips for Choosing a Good Quality ShoeÂ

  • As we get older, our feet become larger and broader, but many people often continue to buy the same size.Â
  • Before buying footwear, run your fingers inside to check for anything that may harm. Look for styles that have minimal seaming to help prevent rubbing which could lead to foot sores.Â
  • After buying a new pair of shoes, wear them for two hours at first, then inspect your feet for pressure marks or irritations. A hand mirror is useful to ensure that all parts of the feet can be examined. Gradually build up the wearing time.Â

Living Needs is a proud stockist of Cosyfeet shoes, hosiery and socks. The Cosyfeet range is specially designed to look attractive while also being supportive and comfortable – extra wide, soft materials, hidden Velcro fastenings and minimal stitching.Â

Cosyfeet shoes are recommended for people with arthritis, diabetes, swollen feet or bunions. The Living Needs showroom (on Mill Road, Rolle Quay) is open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, and on Saturdays by appointment.Â

For further information on the new Spring/Summer range of Cosyfeet shoes, our riser-recliners, mobility aids and bespoke bathroom solutions, please call Living Needs on 01271 374600, where we will be happy to help. www.livingneeds.co.ukÂ