Proper walking shoes for Diabetics are essential for preventing painful blisters, calluses and other serious issues.
Please be sure to consult with your physician about the types of shoes, orthotics (inserts) or modifications that are best for your feet before purchasing a pair.
Walking is the perfect exercise if you have Diabetes because it can:
Additionally, exercise keeps your weight under control, which can prevent your symptoms from getting worse.
According to the AARP, there are certain features to look for that will help alleviate future foot problems and alleviate the pain you have now. Look for shoes that:
Properly fit your feet. Many people wear the wrong size shoe and it is especially important for Diabetics to select shoes that not only properly fit in size and width, but support your feet as well.
Properly fitting walking shoes can relieve pain due to conditions such as loss of fatty tissue, hammer toes or loss of a toe. Look for shoes that have a nice roomy toe box, which can help with bunions and hammer toes.
Limit motion of joints. By limiting the motion of certain joints in the feet, proper walking shoes can often reduce swelling, relieve pain and give your feet more stability and functionality.
Relieve pressure on your feet. Shoes that are too small or snug or have rigid stitching can cause pressure on your feet, which can lead to skin breakdown or ulcers.
Reduce shock and shear. Look for shoes that reduce downward pressure, also known as shock, on the bottom of your feet and reduce the sideways movement of your feet within the shoes (known as shear).
This article provides some very helpful tips for selecting the most
comfortable walking shoes.
If you have more advanced foot problems, your doctor may prescribe footwear for you that can include external modifications, orthotics (inserts) or custom shoes.
After searching online, I have found that the
Healthy Feet Store
has a nice selection of high quality walking shoes for Diabetics, which
are preferred by physicians.
Don’t forget the importance of a good walking sock! In fact, walking socks are even more important if you have Diabetes because they help prevent foot injuries.
Cotton socks will bunch, which can cause blisters and rubbing and retain moisture around your feet. Instead, try a synthetic sock.
Read this article on walking socks for helpful tips on picking the right sock for your feet.
A good fitting sneaker will help prevent injury and provide comfort. Most importantly, they will allow you to keep walking, which is critical for good health.