How are shoes for diabetes different?
Shoes for people with diabetes have a higher, wider toe box, giving your toes extra wiggle room. Toes that rub against each other or against a shoe get hot spots and blisters. Those do not heal for us as fast as they did before we had diabetes.
Some people may overpronate (roll the feet too far inward) or underpronate (not roll the feet inward enough) when walking, which can also cause hot spots that may develop into blisters and sores. So the soles of shoes for people with diabetes have special stabilizers to keep feet level.
You will notice that the soles are thick and wide. Thicker soles cushion your feet from wear and tear, and that little bit of extra width helps your feet to avoid those hot spots.
Shoes made for people with diabetes also tend to be deeper than other shoes to make room for orthotics — the inserts that correct an uneven stride, cushion the heel, or support arches. Many of us with Type 2 diabetes use these inserts, so we need the extra depth.
Now that you have diabetes, you need shoes that support your arches, ankles, and heels. Going barefoot is out. Flip-flops are out.
Nerve damage caused by diabetes can make your toes feel numb. If this is the case, they cannot warn you when they are rubbing and blistering. The extra room in diabetes shoes protects your toes while you stand and walk.
Take good care of your feet and keep them happy as long as you can!
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