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If I have diabetes, can I wear sandals, flip-slops, or open-toed shoes?

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Steer clear of sandals, flip-flops, or other open-toed shoes. Straps can put pressure on parts of your foot, leading to sores and blisters. Open-toed shoes can make you prone to injuries like cuts. It's also easier for gravel and small stones to get inside them. These can rub against your feet, causing sores and blisters.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Foot Complications."

Harrison, S.  , Oct. 10, 2007. The International Journal of Clinical Practice

Nixon, B.  , July/August 2006. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association

FamilyDoctor.org: "Diabetic Neuropathy."

Medicare: "Diabetic Shoes."

James Wrobel, DPM, associate professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

Robert K. Lee, DPM, podiatric surgeon, UCLA.

American College of Hyperbaric Medicine: "Diabetic Foot Ulcer."

Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School: "The Best Shoes for People With Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Foot Complications."

Harrison, S.  , Oct. 10, 2007. The International Journal of Clinical Practice

Nixon, B.  , July/August 2006. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association

FamilyDoctor.org: "Diabetic Neuropathy."

Medicare: "Diabetic Shoes."

James Wrobel, DPM, associate professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

Robert K. Lee, DPM, podiatric surgeon, UCLA.

American College of Hyperbaric Medicine: "Diabetic Foot Ulcer."

Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School: "The Best Shoes for People With Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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