Diabetic Shoes: What’s So Special About Them?

It’s common knowledge that walking is very beneficial to our health. It’s also quite useful for controlling blood sugar levels. But it may come with the risk of injury for people who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy. Luckily, most of these foot injuries can be avoided by paying proper attention to foot care, and by investing in some diabetic shoes. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists explains some reasons why you might want to consider diabetic shoes.

What Are The Special Features Of Diabetic Shoes?
These shoes are custom-designed and are intended to protect diabetic feet, while reducing the risk of skin breakdown, mainly in cases of poor circulation, foot deformities and neuropathy. Following are some of their very special features.

Non-Binding Uppers: The upper portion is soft with no overlays to eliminate pressure points.

Protecting Interior:  The inside of a diabetic shoe is constructed with soft material and no protruding stitching. In some cases, even the smallest bump can irritate and result in skin breakdown in diabetic feet.

Deeper Toe-Box: The tip of the diabetic shoe is higher, so it provides extra room for the toes.

Orthotic Support: Another one of the special features of diabetic shoes is special insoles that support the arch. This will reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot, and conform to the contours of the foot.

Stretchy Uppers: When extra protection is required, we recommend shoes with stretchy uppers. This will shape themselves to the contours of the deformed foot and help provide relief to pressure points.

Multiple Width Options: Diabetic shoes come in a range of widths to improve protection and fit.

Extra-Depth: Diabetic shoes are designed with extra depth to accommodate orthotics or diabetic insoles and provide a loose, pressure-free fit.

Functional Soles: Another special feature of diabetic shoes is the lightweight soles that are specially designed to aid mobility.

If you have diabetes and have any questions about our diabetic shoe program and how it can help you, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

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