SHOES FOR DIABETICS
Shoes for Diabetics should be at the forefront of every Diabetics mind as poor footwear can cause serious complications for them. Without a doubt everyone reading this article knows at least 1 person who has diabetes. Stuart who works in accounts here at the Begg Shoes head office struggles with this terrible disease. With World Diabetes Day coming up soon (November 14th) this article is not intended to diagnose anyone who may suspect they have diabetes, but I hope to educate and guide those who have diabetes into choosing the right footwear.
“Having managed type 1 diabetes for 17 years you still learn new things every week. I certainly learnt the meaning between shoes that look good and shoes that are good for you. Luckily when I purchased my first pair of IMAC Shoes 2 years ago I received best of both worlds. Not only did they look smart but the genuine real leather eliminated the sweating that can happen with most formal shoes and thus prevented complications. Investing in the right footwear is not only confusing, but potentially risky for the burdens we bear ”
What is Diabetes
I’m sure many of you have at least heard of Diabetes but do you know exactly what it is and how it affects your body and more specifically your feet? Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot produce insulin which therefore means that carbohydrates are not broken down as they should be which results in elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
So what to do?
Doctors and Podiatrists go to great lengths to warn their diabetic patients of the importance of foot health because feet are often out of sight, out of mind and are therefore prone to ulcers. It is important for a diabetic to have a look at their feet every day and to dry them carefully. But most importantly they need to ensure that every pair of shoes they wear is correctly fitted. Make sure that the shoes and socks are not too tight as this will restrict blood to the feet. But conversely shoes that are too loose will mean the feet move around and rub in the shoes which could result in blisters. We always recommend to seek medical advice and not to dwell on worries however small they may seem and if you’re looking for a new pair of shoes pop into one of our stores and get yourself professionally fitted. In each of our stores we have a SSF Qualified Shoe Fitter who can help you to find the right fit for your next shoes.
Diabetic Shoes Advice
When it comes to choosing the right shoes there are few suggestions:
Wear lace up or velcro shoes so that when temperatures fluctuate and your feet swell they can be adjusted.
Inside the shoes should be seam free where possible this includes any socks. The seams tend to cause friction/pressure points.
Shoes and socks made from natural materials are best as they are breathable such as leather and cotton.
Don’t buy a new pair of shoes and wear then for hours and days at first, wear them in so that they can gently mould to your feet.
Low heels are best so that there is not too much stress on the ball of the foot or on the toes.
We now have a reason for you to buy many shoes… Wearing different shoes daily will allow pressure areas on the feet to rest and your feet won’t get used to one pair. It also allows the shoes to dry out naturally.
Try to avoid wearing woollen socks, they shrink and the fibres can become detached and prevent circulation in the toes.
Ideals brands if you’re looking for Diabetic Shoes
Legero aim to create shoes which have the latest designs but are also light and comfortable. They produce women’s footwear which is functional, using the best technologies to craft shoes which are of high quality and superior comfort. Legero shoes are made with Direct-Injection moulding which allows the shoes to be light and durable meaning they’re lighter on the feet for less friction and pressure.
Hotter shoes feature plenty of depth throughout the shoe and many have a removable cushioned insole. There’s a wide range of attractive styles that feature adjustable fastenings such as laces or straps. What makes Hotter Shoes the ideal pair of diabetic shoes is they may include the following features: touch-close fastening, deep toe box for extra wiggle room, padded collar for extra comfort, leather/nubuck materials and removable insoles to name a few.
You will find that ECCO shoes are some of the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever put on your feet. Their belief is that shoes should not be broken in, they should fit like a glove as soon as you put them on! They control the entire manufacturing process which means they can guarantee that only the finest quality of leathers are used in making their shoes. They have a fantastic collection of shoes with laces and soft leathers making them more than suitable diabetic shoes.
IMAC shoes are of the highest quality, super comfortable and are on par with the latest trends. IMAC manufacture shoes using some of the best technologies within the footwear industry, including direct injection moulding of the sole onto the polyurethane bottom. This allows IMAC to create women’s shoes which are not only durable, but also light and very flexible. These benefits are a big proportion of what makes their shoes so comfortable and sought after.
Most Padders Shoes are ideal for people with Diabetes and have a collection of podiatrist approved shoes which are particularly suitable. The women’s Padders shoes are made using a tough PU (polyurethane) sole which is the optimum material for comfortable, light-weight, shock absorbing under foot support.