The idea of buying specific diabetic shoes is not a silly one. If you have diabetes then everything is a concern and worry. You hear about bad things- toes falling off, falling into comas etc. So you want to protect yourself, and your feet.
The first image of a "diabetic shoe" is the one above. And sometimes, some diabetics will have to have them, but not all diabetics.
1. If you have no issues.
Now "issues" are just some of the following:
Generally, if you dont have those issues then diabetic shoes are really obvious to buy. Generally running shoes are designed for you to walk distance in comfort.
It is hard to pin point specific brands/ types of diabetic shoes because many manufacturers have gone down the style route to offer better commercial success. Some have tight toe boxes, heels, no lace/ Velcro etc.
Good diabetic shoes are your normal shoes which are decent. So they will have some of the following:
Most people will buy a $20 pair and be done with them, but you have to take time and some money to get a decent pair of shoes that you can protect your feet. That is what they are trying to do- protect your feet whilst you are doing your day to day chores.
Diabetic Socks? Check out here.
Most people will have some sort of foot issue. If you are diabetic then you need to be very vigilant and careful about what goes on your feet.
Sometimes you might have to go to a specific Podiatry/ Chiropody store which can assess and order in footwear. But, the problem comes is that shoes can be very expensive and out of reach for many people. Insurance might cover some aspect, so that might help, but checking sports shops is also helpful. Some Hospitals provide assistance. Some people have even cut out holes in their home slippers to accommodate bunions or other bone issues.
If you are unsure, get it checked out by a professional.For more diabetic footcare articles, check out here.
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.