Diabetic footwear is obviously designed specifically to address foot conditions that are particular to persons with diabetes, such as skin breakdown caused by poor circulation, foot ulcers, numbness, or diabetic neuropathy.
Special features of diabetic footwear
Diabetic footwear must contain specific features and be designed and constructed in a way that alleviates the foot conditions to which diabetics are prone. The best shoes for diabetics include the following special features and qualities:
- Protective interior that is made from soft material and stitching that doesn’t protrude so as not to cause irritation.
- Non-binding uppers that insure that there is no pressure on the foot. In contrast, regular shoes often cause pressure in the forefoot area or the back of the shoe as they are often constructed from firm materials and in a way that might irritate bunions, the toes, or back of the heel.
- Extra depth design that provides a pressure-free fit and can accommodate thick orthotic inserts.
- A deep toe box that provides extra room for toe movement and avoids pressure on the toes.
- Lightweight, cushioning soles that facilitate mobility and stability, and reduce impacts on the foot.
● Stretchable uppers might be the ideal solution for conditions caused by severe diabetes or neuropathy. These stretchable shoes conform to the contours of the foot and help eliminate pressure points.