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Facts About Diabetic Footwear

Updated on July 29, 2019
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A Botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys researching and writing about topics that interest her.


Diabetes is a disease in which the sugar level in the blood is beyond the normal limit because of either or both of the following reasons -

  • the pancreas does not produce the required amount of insulin
  • the cells in the body do not respond to insulin

Diabetes affects the blood vessels and disrupts blood flow to the different parts of the body. When blood flow decreases, tissues do not get enough nutrients to stay healthy, and when injured the tissues take a long time to heal due to inadequate nutrition.

When you have diabetes, the tissue can take a long time to heal when injured. Cuts, cracks, and bruises act as an entry point for germs. When germs enter, they infect the tissues and cause inflammation.

Avoiding any foot injury is of utmost importance when you have diabetes. In extreme cases, if the injured foot does not heal the foot may be amputated.

Diabetic Footwear

Diabetic footwear is made for people with diabetes. Comfort and quality are critical when you buy diabetic footwear. Whether you are buying, shoes, slippers, socks or inserts buy comfortable and good quality diabetic footwear.

A tight fit can squeeze your foot and prevent proper blood flow to your feet. If you wear loose footwear that does not fit properly, you may trip, fall and injure your feet.

How to Buy Diabetic Footwear?

Knowing how to buy the perfect fitting, comfortable shoes is essential to buy the right kind of footwear. Get your feet measured by a podiatrist to find the perfect fitting shoe.

Remember that the shoe must not be tight fitting. The big toe must have space to move around and should not be crushed inside the shoe. One important thing to remember is to always buy breathable shoes.

Check out the following points before buying diabetic shoes –

  • shoes should be sturdy with good arch support.
  • should be thick enough to protect your feet.
  • shoes must be breathable.
  • the front part of the shoes should be a comfortable fit to prevent squeezing or pinching of toes.

  • lace shoes or shoes with straps that slide open and close are ideal. This aspect is very important to accommodate any swelling in your feet. If your feet swells up during any time of the day, you should be able to adjust your shoes comfortably.
  • seams must not be present on the inside of the shoe as this might rub against the skin of your foot and irritate the skin.

Do not wear peep toes or open-ended footwear because you may injure your toes and this may lead to cuts or cracks on the skin.

One important point to remember is to buy shoes wearing your socks for a proper and a comfortable fit.

Diabetic Socks

The type of socks that you wear is very important. The socks should not be too tight, tight elastic bands will constrict the blood vessels and restrict blood flow. The socks should be supportive and breathable.

There are diabetic socks available in the market that you can buy.

Consult your doctor before buying diabetic shoes. Get your shoes fitted by a podiatrist for perfect fit and comfort. Taking care of your feet is important to avoid injuries and further complications due to the injuries.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      unknown spy thank you for stopping by, am glad you came to know of diabetic footwear.

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      hmm interesting fact and ideas..never heard of this before Vellur.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Audrey Howitt thank you, taking care of their feet is very important for people with diabetes.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      Interesting-I hadn't thought about diabetes affecting feet, nor what you can do about it--Thank you!


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