Tips for Buying Shoes with Diabetes
- Have feet measured periodically, because feet change over time.
- Shop later in the day, because feet swell throughout the day, especially if you have heart disease and kidney problems.
- Have shoes fitted with the socks you’ll be wearing with those specific shoes. That way you’ll know they will fit properly.
- The distance between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe should be ½ of your thumb’s width, so you have the right amount of space to fit your feet.
Important Shoe Features for People with Diabetes
- Shoes should be made of soft leather, because they can stretch.
- Choose a cushioned sole over a thin, leather sole, because the shock absorption is better.
- The back of the shoe should not collapse to one side or the other, because it won’t provide good support.
- Choose laced shoes over loafers, so they fit better and provide better support.
When To Replace ShoesIt’s a good idea to alternate your shoes everyday so you don’t wear one pair down too quickly, the heel doesn’t lose support and the sole doesn’t lose shock absorption. You should replace your shoes when:
- the heel starts to collapse to one side or the other
- the heel itself is worn down
- the inner lining of the shoe is torn
- the mid-portion of the shoes is worn down
Source of article: https://www.joslin.org