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How can shoes make a difference if you have diabetes?

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Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot specialists in Dallas, TX see daily how uncomfortable shoes can cause heel pain, arch pain, blisters, corns and more. If you have diabetes, these minor problems can turn very serious. To avoid problems, it is crucial if you have diabetes, to choose footwear wisely. Good shoes can be like medicine for your feet. Here are some great tips to follow:

  • Avoid high heels and narrow dress shoes as you may not be able to feel the pain and stress these types of shoes can put on your feet.
  • Skip the flip-flops as they do not provide support and expose your feet and toes to injury.
  • Look for shoes with materials that have some give and breathability. 
  • Purchase a shoe that is designed specifically for diabetics. They should provide a wide toe box, be made of soft leather and have adjustable closures. They should also have depth and removable insoles to provide room if you wear custom orthotics. 


If you have severe foot deformities, it may also be necessary to invest in custom-molded shoes that are made from a form of your foot. With any shoe, wear them gradually and check your feet to make sure they aren’t creating any areas of pressure.

If you have diabetes, let us help you. Our podiatric office can help you find shoes appropriate for your feet and provide any necessary treatment to keep minor issues from developing into serious complications. Call us in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or Plano, TX (972) 943-3323.

Check out this helpful infographic about Why Footwear Matters for Diabetics!

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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