Footwear Tips for the Diabetic Foot

  • Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes with plenty of room, especially in the toe box, but not too loose so that they slip.
  • Get your feet measured and professionally fitted.
  • Never buy tight shoes hoping they will stretch.
  • Make sure you fit them to your larger foot, you may need an insole for the other shoe.
  • Avoid thong sandals, flip-flops, pointed-toe and open-toed shoes, and very high heels.
  • Wear shoes that can be adjusted with laces, velcro or a buckle.
  • Inspect inside shoes every day for tears or bumps that may cause pressure or irritation and for foreign objects.
  • If you have nerve damage, give your feet a break or change shoes after. five hours to change the pressure points on different areas of your feet.
  • Purchase new socks when buying new shoes. Consider socks which wick moisture away from the skin, such as bamboo.
  • Wear clean, dry socks and non-binding pantyhose.
  • Avoid socks or hosiery with seams that can cause additional pressure points or are too tight on the leg/ankle.
  • Don’t be rushed into buying shoes that you are not completely happy with.

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