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09-14-2010, 11:23 AM
What Makes a Diabetes Shoe Different?

Diabetes footwear tends to provide more room for the foot and for orthotic inserts than a normal shoe. Diabetes shoes tend to be wider and deeper than most other shoes and can be fitted with comfortable insoles.

In most cases, diabetics will have shoes custom made in order to ensure that the shoe distributes weight properly and fits the foot perfectly. Having a custom-made shoe can prevent rubbing, chafing, and loss of circulation to the foot that a person with diabetes may not notice because of the loss of sensation in the foot.

In addition to being specialty-crafted for the diabetic individual, diabetes shoes and diabetic sandals also tend to be manufactured with breathable fibers, such as fabric or netting, so that the foot has healthy air circulation. Good air circulation allows the skin to breathe, which helps to prevent pressure ulcers and increases blood circulation.


How to Find a Good Pair of Diabetic dress shoes

Look for fabrics that "breathe," such as canvas or even sandals. Breathable fibers will prevent your foot from sweating, swelling, and chafing.
The shoes should be deep enough to accommodate an orthotic insert and wide enough to prevent pinching.
Avoid shoes that have interior seams, which may rub against the skin and cause chafing.
The toe box in the front of the shoe needs to be roomy enough so that you can wiggle your toes.
Elastic in the shoes may also help to prevent the shoe from sliding around on the foot while holding it comfortably in place.

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