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Defeat Diabetes
Foundation
150 153rd Ave,
Suite 300

Madeira Beach, FL 33708
  
 
Dr. Footsie
 
History of Shoes
 
The changing cycles of footwear design are a reflection of the history of civilization itself - a record of social, political, moral and even sexual evolution of cultures.  An estimated 40 percent - or two billion people - either wear no shoes at all or wear only simple thong sandals.  Shoe wearing is a measure of a nation's economic level.  The more shoeless people - the lower the nation's socioeconomic status.
 
Throughout history a large proportion of the world's population has gone barefooted for comfort and economic reasons, especially in warmer climates. Left-Right, standardized sizing and mass production are recent additions."Handing down" shoes within the family was a common practice, as it continues to be in poor societies today.  Shoes for children and adults usually only came in two sizes, large and small with no variations in width.  Shoes were
interchangeable - Right or Left.  Infant shoes if at all available, were narrow, tight, hard leather boxes.  Shoe related foot problems such as corns, callouses, ingrown nails and blisters have had a high incidence through history.
 
Archaeologists and cultural anthropologists estimate that the first footgear was at least 12,000 years ago, before civilization.  The first shoe was a moccasin type of crude leather wrapped around the foot and held on with a leather thong. Shoes probably originated in frigid climates, more as protection against extreme cold, rather than a rock terrain.  The soles of these people were sufficiently toughened like paws of animals to resist abrasions.
 
Drawing and paintings dating back 6,000-9,000 BC show the making of shoes which were simple sandals.  The Sandal is the second oldest type of footwear.The ancient Egyptians were the first to incorporate style or FASHION using colored ornamentation, design and shape - the first pointed toe and turned up toe.The soles of their sandals were carved or painted with pictures.  Slaves of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome were not permitted to wear footwear, and the soles of their feet were painted white to depict them as slaves.   Hmmm!!  GraFEETi?
 
Footwear as fashion had an elitist history restricted to about ten percent of a given population until approximately the last 100 years, when it became affordable to the masses.  All the fashion originates from seven basic designs - the moccasin, sandal, boot, pump, oxford, mule and clog.  The newest of these is the laced oxford which dates back 300 years.  NOT one of these basic styles was designed by or for women.  The feminine movement has come a long way - women have closets, like shoe stores - i.e. Imelda Marcos
 
Now that we have given you a little history, we can only learn from it.  We CAN ONLY live in the PRESENT - Your Feet and Your General Well Being as aDIABETIC is your #1 priority.
 
 
Dr Footsie of CARE 4 FEET @ YOUR RETREAT says the importance of foot care is essential for the good health of the general population and especially for people with DIABETES.  Feet are the foundation of the body, so just like a home, serious problems can develop from neglected and treatable problems.

Proper fitting shoes and the correct socks are a good place to start.The shoes you wear should be the proper fit, be made of breathable material (leather), should give you adequate support, lightweight, and should have adequate depth to allow for foot inserts.
 
Footwear for DIABETICS should be able to prevent foot complications, deformities and amputations.  Many diabetics are susceptible to foot complications due to inadequate circulation which leads to NEUROPATHY - a loss of feeling (loss of protective sensation in the extremities).  Due to loss of protective sensation, if the DIABETIC is wearing poorly fit shoes, they may develop sores on their feet that they do not feel.  This can lead to foot complications worsening it not given the proper care.  Due to the poor circulation, the body may not be able to heal properly.
 
REMEMBER, the Limb You Save will Be Yours
 
Give Diabetes An Inch and It Will Take A Foot
 
 
 
 
 
 
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