What makes a diabetic shoe, diabetic insole or diabetic sock so special? Often, individuals living with diabetes suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which causes you to lose sensation in your arms and legs and low blood flow which makes it very difficult for cuts and sores to heal. For individuals with peripheral neuropathy, it is difficult to tell when shoes aren’t fitting correctly and rubbing or pinching the feet, causing ulceration.
To prevent ulceration, most diabetics look into diabetic shoes. The most common characteristics of diabetic shoes are deep and wide soles, good air circulation and no interior seams. Theses shoes must be built to fit a custom diabetic insole for perfect fit. Good air circulation is also important because it prevents the spread of infection and the absence of interior seams is another step to prevent rubbing or pinching.
For a completely custom fit, many diabetics look to custom diabetic insoles. These insoles are molded from an impression of your feet to offer a perfect fit that prevents rubbing and also distributes weight evenly around the shoe.
Another common purchase for diabetics is diabetic socks. These special socks are built to avoid constricting the leg or foot, control moisture and reduce pressure or blistering. When shopping for diabetic socks, look for socks with no seams, elasticity to stay in place on your ankle and consist of fabric that wicks away moisture to keep your feet dry and healthy.
Finally, don’t be alarmed if you notice diabetic footwear is price a little higher than normal shoes and socks. Through Medicare or private insurance, these special diabetic footwear choices won’t cost you an arm or a leg, but choosing not to take proper care of your feet may.
What are your experiences with diabetic footwear?