Walking Shoes for Diabetics - How to Choose Proper Shoes
People with Type 2 diabetes
need to be vigilant about proper foot care
Diabetics are more susceptible to poor blood circulation and
that can lead to rapid infection, severe pain and even amputation.
Proper walking shoes for diabetics
will help reduce the chance of small cuts and foot ulcers
escalating into a more serious condition.
Choosing Walking Shoes
"Diabetic shoes" --
shoes specially made for people with diabetes -- are available. They're typically made so that there are
no seams inside, constructed to minimize the risk of getting foot
ulcers or calluses. If you cannot find diabetic shoes or they are
not within your price range, then here are a few tips on choosing
- Buy well-fitting shoes that are not too tight or too loose.
Everyone is unique so there is no one type of shoe that is recommended
for all diabetics. Try different types until you find what's best for
you (i.e. cross-trainers, tennis or running shoes).
- Go to a respected athletic shoe store to get a proper fit. The
price is a bit more but the sales people are usually more trained
in shoe fitting. They can check how you walk and recommend shoes
that specific to your gait.
- Allow ample room for toes without allowing slippage. Toes should
not be cramped.
- Add shoe inserts to create a more comfortable fit. Toe pads may
correct a shoe that is too long; thicker socks may correct for shoes
that are too wide; inserts may provide more arch & heel support.
- Higher prices do not necessarily mean more comfort. Try many different
types and styles that do not chaff, rub or allow your foot to slip.
- Boots - Ensure that there are no sharp edges or buckles that could
cut the skin.
- Hiking boots - Good ventilation is needed that allows moisture to
escape. A damp or wet foot is prone to fungal infection and even gangrene.
- Sandals - Try to avoid sandals, since they are open and expose more of the
skin to injury, including sunburn and abrasion.
- Slippers - Slippers are warm and comfortable for indoors but do not
protect your feet from injuries from chair legs & bed-posts. A comfortable
running shoe worn indoors will provide more protection from sharp-edges and
- Your doctor may suggest therapeutic shoes if extra support is needed to
help alleviate severe foot disease.
Specially designed socks for diabetics
are also available and can help provide better fit and form. They allow better moisture control to reduce
the risk of infection, are made without seams to reduce pressure points and
are less-wrinkle-prone to avoid chaffing. The tops are non-binding so blood
circulation is not constricted from the foot. These socks are available in
different colors and are generally indistinguishable from regular socks.
People with diabetes are more likely to have foot problems than those
without the disease. Daily diabetes foot care can help to minimize or
prevent infection and injury. Following proper foot hygiene and choosing
proper walking shoes for diabetics can provide more comfort as well as
reduce foot complications from diabetes. Also be sure to follow an overall
plan to keep your diabetes well-managed.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.