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