Diabetic shoes


If you have diabetes, choosing the right footwear is vital, even at the earliest stages of the disease.

People with diabetes should choose shoes that:

  • Accommodate, stabilize, and support deformities, loss of fatty tissue, hammertoes, and amputations. Many deformities need to be stabilized to relieve pain and avoid further damage or progression of the deformity.
  • Limit motion of joints. Limiting the motion of certain joints in the foot can decrease inflammation, relieve pain, and result in a more stable and functional foot.
  • Reduce shock and shear. Shock is the amount of vertical pressure on your foot, and shear is the horizontal movement within a shoe. Your footwear should keep your foot snugly in place, without being too tight. 
  • Relieve any area where there is excessive pressure on your foot, which could lead to skin problems or ulcers.