Patients with diabetes know how important wearing the proper shoes can be. Diabetic shoes can prevent injuries that could lead to some major complications for diabetics. For patients with diabetes, wearing the incorrect shoes that rub and cause sores on the feet can lead to foot ulcers, infection, and even amputation. Shoes can be custom made in styles for women or men.
Our podiatrists can evaluate if you need diabetic shoes, as well as if you need them to be custom-made. If you think you might need them, don’t delay treatment because foot problems can worsen with time. Our West Palm Beach podiatrists will evaluate and discuss the need for diabetic footwear. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.
What are Diabetic Shoes?
Diabetic shoes are special shoes that are designed to help prevent the shoes from rubbing against your feet and causing sores. In some cases, custom molded diabetic shoes are necessary. Patients with diabetes are at risk from developing serious complications stemming from sores on their feet. In addition, many diabetic patients suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves in the feet and causes numbness. These patients may not feel a sore until it is too late and make diabetic shoes a necessity. Women’s diabetic shoes and men’s diabetic shoes are designed differently to accommodate not only the different styles but also the different needs of each gender.
How does it work?
Diabetic shoes provide extra depth and hold inserts that prevent the skin from breaking down from constant rubbing. Your podiatrist will evaluate your need and give you a prescription for that details the elements needed in your custom made diabetic shoes. Our pedorthist (a custom shoe specialist) will then measure your feet and custom make the shoes according to the doctor’s specifications.
All diabetic patients should have the doctor evaluate their feet on a regular basis and discuss whether or not diabetic shoes are needed. Patients that suffer from peripheral neuropathy, or numbness in the feet, must wear diabetic shoes since they may not be aware of any rubbing or sores that can develop.