Diabetic Needs of Shoes and Socks and the Podiatrist......

By shoulders Latest Reply 2014-07-06 23:53:03 -0500
Started 2011-07-14 00:24:28 -0500

Does everyone have a pair of Diabetic shoes? Only one pair per year? Mine don't last that long. And so many different types of socks to choose from. But, most of all does your Podiatrist come to your home to care for your feet? Mine does, and cleans up after him self too. But, now that I moved I'm not going to have the same Podiatrist. And I might have to go to his office. Would like information on about how long of usage you recieved from your shoes. And Your socks,is one better than another? And what about the care of your feet, sores or cracking or unexplained pain?

15 replies

Rose67 2014-07-06 23:53:03 -0500 Report

I am hard to fit for shoes, always have been. I usually buy mine from online shoes. I have to wear the extra depth, and the brand that fits me best are pj minor shoes. Online shoes carry several brands including diabetic shoes. I just buy loose fitting socks wherever I can find them, since I have limited shopping here.

sstronglj 2011-07-18 17:51:51 -0500 Report

you can buy diabetic socks in the dollar tree for 1.00 if you have one in your area you can also go online and order them

spiritwalker 2011-07-14 15:11:16 -0500 Report

Medicare is now debating and may remove shoe coverage completely. At present you must wear a pair 1 year and 1 day before applying for a second pair or you will be turned down. You maybe refused anyway. My Endo said at present its difficult even
with RX for shoes to get them covered. Socks and shoes vary. Diabetic socks can cost
$10.00 a pair to $25.00 a depending on what you want or need and where you purchase them. Shoe ? My last pair without special orthotics ( these must be made
to fit my foot for the shoe) cost$95. with a medical and senior discount.
I don't know of any Drs that still make house calls for any reason ( unless you are
related to the DR.) Insurances won't pay for diabetic socks this is considered a personal choice. We do have home health nurses that visit homes for treatments,
but that is more costly than going to an DR office. Medicare may or may not cover it.
It pays for a number of home visits per year by nurses. However, its up to medicare
if they pay. If not you are responsible for the total bill.
One site I have found with fairly reasonable prices for special diabetic socks,
bedroom slippers and shoes is: www.footsmart.com
I wish you luck in finding what you need.


50Jewels 2011-07-16 14:31:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link. I work on a university campus and so I have no option but to walk a lot. I have to wear dresses oftem and all of my dress shoes kill my feet. I seem to get blisters really easy now and by the time Saturday comes I have a hard time even putting my shoes on because of the pain. I went on and ordered a pair of shoes that hopefully will help this probelm and they are dressy enough to wear with a skirt. I even got free shipping on my order.

sweething 2011-07-14 13:02:41 -0500 Report

I wear Dr. Comfort diabetic shoes, and the 2 pair I have are about a year old. Bought one myself. I wear Mediped socks, available at Walmart, specificfally for diabetics and troubled feet. I visit the pediatrist every 3 months and my feet are in excellent shape. I also have New Balance and Propet sneakers and sanda;s I wear.

Dixiemom 2011-07-14 10:27:50 -0500 Report

I'm still wearing my Keds when I go out, but since I use a wheel chair outside of my home my shoes last forever. I have a pair of Nikies that I wear when I'm trying to work out in the yard. They give more support and help prevent foot problems when I get stuck with my power chair. I use a foot lotion from Bath & Body that helps keep my feet lubricated. My podiatrist is in Al. She's a pwrsonal frien so when I visit my son we call her to come cut our nails. The last time I had a pedicure I picked up a fungus and my toes and nails were horrible, since then I refuse to go back. They are finally looking better. Only wear socks in the winter to keep my feet warm.

toodles 2011-07-17 17:56:26 -0500 Report

Did you get the fungus from the podiatrist office? I have heard when people go to the mall to get their nails done that they do not clean their equipment very well and are taking a risk for fungus.

Dixiemom 2011-07-18 08:27:35 -0500 Report

There was a spa close to home where I went. It was here that I got the fungus. I was not very happy. I've been to a place in Fl., where my daughter in law and grandkids go, and didn't have a problem.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-14 05:22:50 -0500 Report

I'm taking Actos and it makes my feet and legs swell. Right now I'm wearing Crocs and Crocs type shoes. The best socks I have found bar none are Smart Wool. For the most part they keep my feet the right temperature no matter what kind of weather.
PS. I'm going to be talking to my doc Friday about that Actos thing too…;o)

granniesophie 2011-07-14 10:18:51 -0500 Report

Please do ask your doctor about the Actos. I had the same swelling, and groin pain also, and as soon as he took me off of Actos, I mean like right away, all those issues went away! I hope that happens with you also! Keep me posted :)

JoleneAL 2011-07-14 05:02:20 -0500 Report

I have a pair of walking shoes from New Balance that are for diabetics. As for socks … ah, I hardly wear socks and no, I visit my podiatrist. As for care of my feet, I don't have issues with mine yet, but since I'm someone that always got pedicures and lotioned my feet daily normally, I check them myself. The lady that does my pedi's - her husband is a diabetic, so she also knows what to look for. There are several lotions I've seen for cracking feet, as my hubby spent 23+ years in Army boots and has issues, but the I found a bag balm you can get at cattle/horse feed stores works the best.

Still shocked you have a podiatrist who went to your home in the United States? Oh lord!

MrsCDogg 2011-07-14 05:24:37 -0500 Report

You can also get the Bag Balm from The Vermont Country Store catalog. The docs at "the home" used to prescribe it for patients who had irritated skin from incontinance.

Dixiemom 2011-07-14 10:36:28 -0500 Report

When I was working my aides used bag balm on our patients in the nursing home who were bed ridden to prevent bed sores from escallating into open areas. Worked great.

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