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By keith8433 Latest Reply 2011-08-27 08:59:57 -0500
Started 2011-08-22 21:32:31 -0500

This is my situation. I work 12 hr days on my feet wearing steel toe boots. I never thought about this before but is there a ting about your feet when you are a diabetic? Iwas told to start walking but I cannot find shoes that are comfortable.Do I need diabetic shoes? As you can see I have a lot of questions.

19 replies

Richknowbody 2011-08-27 08:58:31 -0500 Report

The Sears Diehard boots are very good on concrete for long periods of time. I used to have to be on my feet 12 hours a day.
The Bass Pro shops "Big Timber" really hold my feet good. But my toes are free.
I go pig hunting and I need to run down hill 45 degree hills. and I am the only one that is not complaining about my feet at the end of the day.

Richknowbody 2011-08-27 08:55:09 -0500 Report

Sears diehard boots worked really good for me.
I spend a lot of time hiking so I use Bass pro shops "Big Timber boot" both boots are cheap. I get the diehards for $45.00 I wait for a sale. The big timber boot also goes on sale for $49.00 some times, but is usually $69.00.
I am a general contractor, so I need good shoes. I have bought expensive Danner, and Vasque and other boots, but these are the most comfortable.

keith8433 2011-08-26 10:28:30 -0500 Report

I will like ti thank everybody for their advice. I am going to try all of them if I can afford them. But I will start with the socks and make an appointment with the doctor. I will probably end up with diabetic shoes. But I wear steel toes so this is going to be a challenge. Again Thank you everyone

Weizy 2011-08-25 21:22:22 -0500 Report

Hi Keith, have you checked with Liberty Medical? They are supposed to have the best shoes for diabetics. I have found that if you try on a pair of sneakers and walk around the shoe aisles for a few minutes, you can usually tell if the shoe is going to be comfortable or not. Hope this helps.

nanaellen 2011-08-24 17:52:01 -0500 Report

Comfortable shoes??? Now THAT'S asking a LOT!!! I'm 53 and haven't been able to find a comfortable pair of shoes since I was a teenager!!! I don't believe they make COMFORTABLE shoes anymore!! I've spent SO MUCH money on shoes it's not even funny!! I even went to a Yorker's Shoe Store and told the salesman there that IF he could find me a comfortable pair of shoes I would bring him the Best Steak Dinner he'd ever had!!! Needless to say he never got it and the shoes he did sell me were $145.00 and I couldn't wear them after 3 hrs. in them!!! If YOU find comfortable shoes PLEASE SHARE!!!! Reebok Classics are the best I've found so far!! Ellen :)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-08-25 10:52:45 -0500 Report

I could have writen the same thing as you. I now only wear berkenstock or Crocs. They are the only ones I have found that don't hurt me. I think I have spent $1000's on shoes I could only wear for a few hours. Really makes me mad!!!

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long island girl 2011-08-24 15:36:27 -0500 Report

hi keith i have neuropathy in my feet i get tingling in them when my sugar is high and stiffness try buying shoes from sas (san antonio shoe company) they don't sell direct you have to contact them they will give you a shoe store in your area it really helps they have boxed toe space inside my foot dr says they are the best for diabetics it takes the pressure off your feet hope this helps 2011-08-24 10:53:26 -0500 Report

Keith, I had the same problem I am always on my feet,working,walking the dog running after the grandkids. My neighbor talked me into buying diabetic socks.You can get them at walmart or kmart at a good price.They are nice and soft and they support your feet ankles and calfs.Its worth the try.
Thanks Marie

Copperchef 2011-08-24 08:57:04 -0500 Report

I would make an appointment with a good Podiatrist. Mine recommended I wear a specific shoe and explained why. Your feet are very important tattle tales as to the overall condition of your circulation and nervous system.
Sensation testing of the feet as done by the Podiatrist helps you maintain and also get feed back on your progression as a diabetic.
Protecting your feet from injury is important. Lower leg and foot injuries take longer to heal as circulation is slower.
I go to a foot clinic about every 6 weeks. It is like a salon for your feet. Women get pedicures, why not guys? They call it a sports pedicure, but the gal who does mine is very methodical and detailed. They forward any problems to my podiatrist for follow-up.
Anything that affects the health of your feet can be debilitating. Do not take chances with your feet. See a good Podiatrist. Ask your doctor for a referral.

Jupeto 2011-08-26 07:40:21 -0500 Report

great advice - I go once every threemonths - cuts nails and checks my feet thouroughly. Necessary for Diabetics. Most Health Insurance plans pay for Diabetics to go to the Podiatrist.

robertoj 2011-08-23 19:42:23 -0500 Report

Taking care of your feet is extremely important. You can get inserts to help support your feet. Make sure that you examine your feet on a routine basis.

grandmaducky 2011-08-23 15:18:52 -0500 Report

I stand on my feet 7 hours aday and i am flat footed i had to get arch support to help my feet and it did help but what help me most was to get my bg lower than 130 my feet still hurt a little but at least i can walk now and not hobble around i would go to foot doctor and have him check out your feet he can offer ideas to what might help you good luck

ShellyLargent 2011-08-23 12:06:34 -0500 Report

I wear Sketchers. They are cut wider than most tennis shoes or sneakers and are very comfortable (and a lot cheaper than diabetic shoes… and I think they look better too…). I do believe they have a work wear line of shoes that does include steel toed shoes. Might be worth checking into if you haven't tried them already.

A few years ago, my endo prescribed me carbamazepine for my neuropathy pain. It works great for me.

JoleneAL 2011-08-23 10:08:00 -0500 Report

Your foot doctor should be able to recommend boots/shoes for you. Invest in the time to see one.

realsis77 2011-08-23 09:40:51 -0500 Report

Hi.if your feet are giving you some problems I would look into possiably getting some diabetic shoes. Or you can actually buy diabetic socks that might help your feet a lot! You can get them at rite aide.

josa0703 2011-08-22 22:21:33 -0500 Report

I am the wife of a type 1 diabetic mason. He has lose of feeling in his legs and toes but your feet must be protected at all times. He wears steel toe boots and his feet feel like lead, I have tried to find him boots that he can wear without being so heavy but it's difficult. I can only recommend Zappos for shoes that you can return without problems if they don't work or going to a speciality shoe. Cost is a problem so if you can't afford it you have to do what you can. Another website is Safety shoe they have a good selection for shoes that aren't so heavy and feel better to diabetic feet. I also recommend diabetic socks. For some reason, even with feeling diminished they feel better. Always take care of the feet…they are essential for mobility. You have to stay mobile.

aprylrayne 2011-08-22 22:19:27 -0500 Report

yes, tingling in my feet was how I found out I was diabetic. they did a test on me and told me I had diabetic neuropathy in my feet, (i can't feel my pinky toes currently) but yes… I started with a mild "burning" sensation that increased to a burning and tingling. At first I thought it was my gout, but my gout meds were not working on the pain, so I went to my doctor who prescribed Lyrica… OH MY GOD!!!
as worried as i was about taking Lyrica… it was either take the medication, OR tell the doctor to cut off my feet… as for shoes… the most comfortable pair I have found are New Balance, I was lucky and found them at the local thrift store in my size. If you can't find something comfortable, maybe you should ask your primary care physician… see if they can help you out with a comfortable shoe or refer you to some one who can…

josa0703 2011-08-22 22:36:09 -0500 Report

do you find the Lyrica works? My husband has been on it for awhile and I was wondering do you find it effective?