Q What Type of Shoes Should Diabetics Wear?
Individuals with diabetes should pay particular attention to footwear, even those in the earliest stage of the disease. It is vital that the footwear meets the following objectives:
- Shoes should relieve areas of excess pressure–not add to it. Excessive pressure and friction causes a breakdown of the skin that leads to diabetic ulcers.
- Footwear should reduce vertical and horizontal pressure and shock. This is important for the bottom of the foot as well as each of the sides.
- They should stabilize and support foot deformities caused by the disease. Diabetic patients suffer from conditions such as Charcot foot and hammertoes that need to be accommodated. Shoes should relieve the pain and decrease progression of these ailments.
Let Drs. Brook and Northcutt, podiatrists in Dallas and Plano, TX, assess your feet and pair you with the footwear that best suits your needs. In-depth shoes add an additional 1/4- to 1/2-inch of depth throughout the shoe, allowing room for allowing inserts, as well as deformities. Removable insoles, or orthotics, provide pain relief and absorb shock–whether they are pre-made or custom. For severe case, custom shoes are developed from a model of your foot.
Whether you have recently been diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, foot care begins with proper footwear. Let the professionals at Dallas Podiatry Works advise you on the type of shoes that's right for you! We have locations in Dallas and Plano. Give us a call or schedule your appointment online today!