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Find the Right Shoes for Diabetes

Experts discuss the best shoe options to avoid foot problems linked to diabetes.

Tips for Buying Shoes for Diabetes

To enhance diabetic foot health, the Joslin Diabetes Center offers these tips for buying new shoes and tossing old ones:

  • Buy shoes made of soft, stretchable leather.
  • When possible, choose laced shoes over loafers because they fit better and offer more support.
  • For better shock absorption, look for a cushioned sole instead of a thin leather sole.
  • Shop for shoes later in the day because feet swell as the day progresses.
  • The distance between your longest toe and the shoe tip should be half of your thumb's width.
  • To ensure proper fit, try on shoes while wearing the socks that you'll be using.
  • Wear new shoes for 1-2 hours for the first time, then check feet for cuts or blisters. The next day, wear them 3-4 hours and gradually build up time to make sure they aren't injuring your feet.

Replace old shoes when:

  • The heel begins to collapse to one side
  • The bottom of the heel is worn down
  • The inner lining of the shoe is torn

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Reviewed on July 28, 2011

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