Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Diabetes Health Center

Font Size

Checklist for Shoes and Socks That Fit Well - Topic Overview

If your feet require specially designed shoes, ask your insurance plan about covering the cost of the shoes. Medicare will cover foot exams and special (orthotic) shoes or shoe inserts. Some medical supply shops specialize in designing custom-fitted shoes for people with diabetes who have abnormally shaped feet or pressure sores on their feet.


Good shoes should fit well. To ensure that your shoes fit well:

  • Buy shoes in the evening when your feet are more likely to be swollen. This will give you a better fit throughout the day.
  • Tell the store clerk that you have diabetes. (If the clerk doesn't know why that matters, find a store with a clerk who does know.)
  • Look for shoes that have roomy toe boxes (the space around the toes). Shoes with roomy toe boxes (not pointed toes) will help prevent bunions and blisters.
  • Try on shoes wearing the kind of socks you will usually wear with the shoes.

Good shoes should be made of comfortable materials. Good shoes are made of materials that are flexible and breathable (don't make your feet sweat).

  • Athletic shoes are usually made of comfortable materials.
  • Soft, flexible leather is a good shoe material.
  • Wear insoles if there is room in your shoes for them.

Good shoes should protect your feet.

  • Do not buy shoes with plastic tops or uppers or sandals that have straps between the toes. Avoid plastic shoes in general. They may rub your feet and cause blisters. They may also make your feet sweat.
  • Do not wear sandals. Sandals don't protect your toes and feet from scrapes or cuts.
  • Do not buy shoes with very thin soles. Thin soles can be easily punctured. They also do not protect your feet from hot pavement or cold weather.
  • Do not go barefoot, even when you are indoors.
    Next Article:

    Checklist for Shoes and Socks That Fit Well Topics

    Today on WebMD

    Diabetic tools
    Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
    woman flexing muscles
    10 strength training exercises.
    Blood sugar test
    12 practical tips.
    Tom Hanks
    Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
    kenneth fujioka, md
    Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
    Middle aged person
    Home Healthcare

    Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
    type 2 diabetes
    food fitness planner