Shoes for Diabetics Can Save Your Feet

Shoes for diabetics are different from ordinary shoes in important ways. You need them because they could save your feet.

They might be hard to accept if you love high heels and high fashion. But diabetic feet need things that you will not find in ordinary shoes.

Because our feet are now at risk, we have new priorities. Diabetics must watch for foot sores, ulcers and blisters.

The problem for us is peripheral neuropathy. Blood flow is slowing down, and nerve damage makes us unaware of injuries.

If type 2 diabetes has snuck up on you, it was untreated for months or years. The complications have already begun.

High blood sugar has damaged tiny blood vessels, so your diabetic feet will not heal quickly. You need shoes that can protect them.

How You Can Protect Your Feet

Now that you are a type 2 diabetic, your feet need extra care. Shoes for diabetics were made to protect your feet.

That makes them different. You need a whole new list of things to look for when you buy diabetic shoes.

Diabetic socks protect your feet.

Good Diabetic Shoes

  • You need shoes with a high and wide toe box. Toes that rub against each other or against the shoes get blisters, and those lead to foot ulcers.
  • Shoes for diabetics should distribute your weight evenly so there are no "hot spots" to cause pressure pain and sores. The soles of diabetic shoes are thick and have special stabilizers.
  • Diabetes causes nerve damage, called paresthesias, which means your toes cannot warn you that they are hurting. So give them extra room with shoes that are a half size larger than your feet.
  • The base of a diabetic shoe will be a little wider than other shoes. This is because burning and stabbing pains of diabetic neuropathy cause foot pain. You need a stable surface to keep you from stumbling.
  • Walking on the inside or outside of your feet because they hurt can cause hot spots. The strong, thick soles in diabetic shoes will not let this happen.
  • Shoes that support your arch, heel and ankle will keep your stride stable and prevent wear and tear.
  • Diabetic feet are either numb or extra sensitive from paresthesias. That is why your shoes need to have a smooth inner lining with nothing to rub against your toes or feet as you walk.
  • Shoes for diabetics have extra depth to make room for orthotics, special inserts that will support and cushion your arches and heels. Those inserts also keep you from rolling your feet in or out.

How to Lower the Cost

Your podiatrist might order orthotics that are made for you. But the same orthotics are also available in stores and catalogs, which makes them much less expensive.

If you are on Medicare, shoes and orthotics are covered for diabetics. Do you have insurance? Your insurance may pay for your orthotics and shoes if a doctor prescribes them for you.

For diabetics who only need one shoe because of amputation, there are special sites that sell single shoes.

There are sites that say they can give you free shoes and other diabetic supplies. Be aware that they know Medicare will pay for those things.

You can also lower the cost of orthotics and shoes by shopping on Amazon. This online marketplace makes comparison shopping easy.

But it is a good idea to shop in a store until you have found the shoes for diabetics that work for you.

When You Shop for Shoes

Many stores sell slip-ons for diabetics because those shoes are easy to put on, but they are not a good idea.

You will need shoes that can be tightened or loosened to adjust to your feet as they swell. Look for shoes with Velcro or laces.

Also, go shopping for shoes in the afternoon, not the morning. Feet get larger as the day goes on, and you need to make sure your shoes will be comfortable when your feet swell.

Before you buy shoes for diabetics, run your finger around the inside. You are looking for seams or bumps in the inner lining. They mean trouble because they could cause hot spots and blisters.

Diabetic Shoes

Shoes for diabetics may not be stylish, but they protect against foot sores and paresthesias, and they comfort painful feet.

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I know how wonderful it feels to be able to walk pain free after years of burning plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.

Podiatrists recommend diabetic shoes. Get some, put them on, and save your feet.

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