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    I have been having problems lately with getting pressure sores on my ankles and the tips of my toes. They have not gotten bad yet, but I don’t want to let them get any worse. I just don’t understand why it keeps happening. I’m 3 1/2 years post injury and for the first couple of years I had no problems with this? I was wearing New Balance running shoes since they come in wide sizes. I had them for almost a year and figured that even though they looked brand-new, they might be broken down on the inside and maybe that was causing the problem. So I bought some new low cut Timberland shoes that had a lot of cushioning in the back and were also very wide and roomy. But this didn’t seem to help either as I now have bright red spots on the tips of my toes. Does anyone know of any shoes and sandals to wear that are nice and soft on the inside that you've had luck with?

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    Are the tips of your toes red when you wake in the morning? I only ask because I'm one of those idiots who gets pressure from just bed sheets. Sometimes I'll wake up with redness right where the bone is on the tip of my big toe.

    I tend to think pressure sores are multi-factored. Are you drinking enough water? Are you getting enough protein? Are you still stretching your legs and passively moving your toes after 3yrs? How long are you staying up in your chair?

    You've been tested recently for diabetes and/or iron levels?

    What about a winter boot that supports the ankle with soft lining inside?
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    My shoes break down over time and I have to get new ones even though they look new. Mine always put sores on my heals. I have found the wide NB o be the best for me. In rehab I was told Rebook had the narrowest shoes.
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    i wear vans skater shoes. Same as pre injury. They work well for me and dont cause sores. They are wide front to back and well padded.

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    Ankle ulcers are usually not a problem with shoes but with laying on your side or back in bed. Pay attention to what happens to your feet when your are in bed. The best thing is to use a pillow under the calves so that the heels and ankes do not touch the bed. Problems on the tips of the toes could be socks as well as shoes--are you wearing either tight or bulky stockings in your shoes and are the shoes long enough. We usually recommended two or three sizes bigger than you used to wear for wheelchair folks.

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    Depending on the brand I buy 1 to 1 1/2 size bigger. My brother used to make fun of me because he said some of them looked like clown shoes.
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