Selecting the Right Diabetic Footwear

February 6, 2019

Diabetes can cause poor blood flow to the feet, making it more difficult for wounds to heal, sometimes resulting in infections and possibly amputation. Complicating matters, poorly controlled diabetes can also lead to nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. This may cause them to lose sensation in their feet, so they may not feel potentially harmful cuts or blisters. To help protect the feet and overall health, it is important to know what to look for in diabetes shoes.

Selecting the Right Pair

Covered shoes: Look for a shoe that has a large enclosed front, as well as a closed back and top. Shoes that expose the toes or heels increase the risk of injury and infection. Adjustable closure: Look for shoes that have laces or velcro. The built-in flexibility allows the person to tighten or loosen the shoes depending on whether or not the foot is swelling. Wide toe: Steer clear of shoes with narrow or pointed toes. Shoes with a round or wide toe box provide the feet with more room and are less likely to cause irritation. Low heel: Flats or shoes with heels less than two inches high are a better option than shoes with higher heels. Lower-heeled