Proper footwear is very important for preventing serious foot problems. Athletic or walking shoes are good for daily wear. They support your feet and allow them to "breathe".
- When buying shoes, make sure they're comfortable from the start and have enough room for your toes.
- Don't buy shoes with pointed toes or high heels. They put too much pressure on your toes.
- Most importantly, if your doctor prescribes special diabetic shoes and inserts, be sure to get comfortable styles you'll enjoy wearing. If you don't love your shoes, you won't enjoy the health benefits your doctor intended.
In addition to shoes, you may want to consider other footwear products to help protect your feet. Good diabetic socks are specially designed to be seamless and wick moisture away from your feet. This helps protect your feet against sores and infections. Diabetic slippers are designed to give your feet extra protection you need at home. Many are also extra-depth to accommodate your prescription diabetic insets.