For people with diabetes, finding the right pair of shoes is important. Minor issues like calluses, corns, and blisters can easily turn into more serious conditions when you have diabetes. Ensuring that your shoes are the right fit and offer comfort is an effective way to prevent any foot problems.
Most studies show that only 6 out of 10 people with diabetes wear the correct size shoe. Getting your feet accurately measured 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 to pick the right diabetic footwear:
- Try shoes on at the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen
- Look for a spacious “toe box.” Avoid pointed shoes, which can lead to squished toes
- Avoid heels, as they can put pressure on the ball of your foot
- Laced shoes provide better support than slip-on shoes, like flip-flops
- 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
- If you find a comfortable pair you think you’ll get a lot of use of, buy doubles. This way you don’t wear your shoes out too quickly
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Make sure there’s time in between wears for your shoes to dry and air out
- 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 you wear comfortable, supportive shoes at all times. Avoid walking barefoot, as those with diabetes can suffer from numb feet and might not notice if they’ve stepped on things like rocks or even glass.
If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet, contact your local podiatrist immediately. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.