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Diabetes Footwear – What to Look For

For most people, struggling through the day with an uncomfortable pair of shoes may result in a blister that goes away after a couple of days protected by a band-aid. However, for people who suffer from diabetes, a bad shoe day can trigger serious complications including foot ulcers, severe infections, and even amputations. Nevertheless, foot problems aren’t inevitable – choosing shoes with care and wearing them regularly can be therapeutic for diabetic feet

Patients with well-controlled blood sugar and healthy feet can wear conventional shoes, and women can even wear high heels, as long as they inspect their feet regularly and report any injuries or abnormalities to their doctor. However, when a diabetic patient develops impaired sensation or minor foot deformities, it’s probably time to switch from conventional footwear to comfort or diabetic shoes.

Diabetic Shoes

Diabetic shoes are usually made of soft leather, and have a rounder, wider, deeper toe box that can accommodate orthotics and foot deformities like bunions or hammertoes. When foot sensation or circulation worsens, or the patient develops significant deformities, ulcerations, or other more serious issues, the podiatrist may need to prescribe therapeutic shoes, protective footwear, inserts, or diabetic work shoes. Bolingbrook residents can visit Suburban Foot and Ankle for all their diabetic shoe needs, including specialized shoes and custom inserts.

Tips for Purchasing New Shoes

First, make sure the shoes are made of soft, flexible leather, and look for a substantially cushioned sole. Choose lace-up shoes over slip-ons for support and remember that the distance between the tip of the shoe and your longest toe should be half the width of your thumb. Always try the shoes on with the type of socks you’ll be using regularly and shop for shoes late in the day because as the day progresses, everyone’s feet swell.

New shoes should be worn for only 1-2 hours the first time you wear them, then check your feet for blisters or cuts. Gradually build up to wearing them all day to make certain they aren’t injuring your feet.

Contact Us for Diabetic Work Shoes in Bolingbrook

Make sure to visit Suburban Foot and Ankle at the first sign of foot problems. We can help get you into a pair that works well for your feet and lifestyle!

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association