Diabetes and shoes

Correctly fitting footwear is very important for people who suffer with diabetes, because poor fitting shoes, whether too loose or too tight, can cause ulcers and further complications if not treated. Many people with diabetes experience numbness and loss of sensation in their feet, so it’s even more critical that they wear correct fitting shoes to ensure that ulcers do not develop.

To be sure that you have the right shoes for your condition, you should consult a specialist. However, here are a few general tips:

Get your feet measured

If possible have your feet measured and your new shoes fitted properly.

Well-fitting shoes

Make sure your shoes are long enough, deep enough, and wide enough for your feet. If your shoes are too tight they will press on your toes.

Always try on both shoes

When buying new shoes, always try on both shoes. Most people's feet are slightly different sizes.

Buy your own shoes

If possible you should go to the shoe shop yourself and not ask somebody else to buy your shoes for you.

Wear new shoes around the house

Wear new shoes around the house for short periods (20 minutes) and then check your feet. Look for problems such as redness caused by rubbing or pressure. If this happens, you can usually return the shoes to the shop, but only if you have not worn them outside.

Advice on new shoes

If you are not sure if your new shoes are suitable, ask your podiatrist for advice before you wear them.