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 critical that they wear correct fitting shoes to ensure that problems such as 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 - This is a great first step in getting well-fitting shoes.

Get enough room - 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 - This is because most people's feet are slightly different sizes.

Wear new shoes in - Wear new shoes around the house for short periods (20 minutes) and then check your feet. Look for problems 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.

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