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What are the do's and don'ts of shoe wear for people with diabetes?

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DO: Make sure your shoes fit well and have plenty of room. It’s best to shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are usually at their largest.

DON'T: Don't wear shoes that feel tight. DO: Choose shoes that are made of material that breathes, such as leather, canvas, or suede. Look for a cushioned sole to absorb pressure. Pick shoes with laces over loafers, because they provide better support.

DON'T: Don't wear sandals, high heels, flip-flops, or shoes with open or pointed toes.

DO: Replace your shoes when they show signs of wear, such as heels that are worn down on one side or inner lining that is torn. Check the insides of your shoes often for gravel, rough areas, or worn lining.

DON'T: Don't keep wearing shoes that have rough areas or torn pieces inside. Toss them and get a new pair.

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Diabetes: Foot Care.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 15, 2017

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Diabetes: Foot Care.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 15, 2017

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