For people with diabetes, finding the right pair of shoes is crucial. Minor issues like calluses, corns, and blisters can quickly become more serious when you have diabetes. Ensuring that your shoes fit and offer comfort is an effective way to prevent foot problems.

Most studies show that only 6 out of 10 people with diabetes wear the correct size shoe. Accurately measuring your feet at a shoe store is the first step to finding the best fit. Once you know your true size, you can begin looking for footwear.

Here are 8 helpful tips for picking the right diabetic footwear:

  1. Try shoes on at the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen. If you have custom orthotics, bring them along to get a more accurate fit.
  2. Look for a spacious “toe box.” Avoid pointed shoes, which can lead to squished toes.
  3. Avoid heels, as they can put pressure on the ball of your foot.
  4. Laced shoes provide better support than slip-on shoes, like flip-flops.
  5. Open-toed shoes make it easier for pebbles or debris to get into your shoe and rub against your feet, leading to blisters and cuts.
  6. If you find a comfortable pair you think you’ll get a lot of use out of, buy doubles. This way, you don’t wear your shoes out too quickly.
  7. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Make sure there’s time between each wear for your shoes to dry and air out.
  8. Footwear should feel comfortable on the first try-on. Don’t buy painful shoes expecting to break them in, as it could lead to blisters.

Doctors recommend that you wear comfortable, supportive shoes at all times. Avoid walking barefoot since those with diabetes can suffer from numb feet and might not notice if they’ve stepped on rocks or glass.

At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are committed to providing specialized, compassionate services for our patients. Melissa Robitaille, DPM, and Todd Newsom, DPM, offer treatments for various foot and ankle disorders with leading-edge technology. Contact our office in Chatham County at (912) 988-3323 to make an appointment today.

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