Diabetes and Footwear( put yourself in my shoes please)

By KarynCandy29 Latest Reply 2012-03-20 14:13:11 -0500
Started 2012-03-16 13:05:37 -0500

( put yourself in my shoes)<——-sorry couldn't help myself saying it that way..

All joking aside..

I've been thinking about my feet a lot in the last few days..
I have looked up footwear for people with diabetes,price wise not so bad for some sites..This is my question, do you wear special footwear for your feet,or do you just go anywhere to buy your shoes..and can anyone tell me what the difference is ? The sites I seeing selling these shoes for Diabetes look just like some of the shoes I can buy at payless? Thank you

7 replies

pixsidust 2012-03-19 15:07:44 -0500 Report

Please no offence but in my book, Payless shoes are pure junk
before I was Diabetic , I would not buy those.
They are usually vinyl. The soles are usually plastic instead of a rubber with shock absorption. The "last" of the shoe which is the main support running through it is poorly made and can warp causing damage to your feet. You need shoes that breathe with support with plenty of cushion that holds up, real arch support & the right sole to absorb impact. You do not have to buy a shoe listed as Diabetic. They are expensive and ugly
I like Ariat, Birkenstock, or Born shoes. I buy the clog style of Ariat on Ebay. All leather; leather lined with real arches and ample support. I paid $30 for a $120 pair there. I do not mind used in excellent condition. The dollar tree sells diabetic socks for a dollar. I must have twenty pairs. Look does not mean quality. Your feet are worth it

KarynCandy29 2012-03-20 14:08:20 -0500 Report

Thank you Pixsidust,
I really appreciated hearing anything you have to say..Thank you for your in put
You are right about payless..I will look into the shoes you spoke of..you are right my feet are worth it..
We don't have a dollar tree ..I'll have to find them else were…The search is on…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-16 15:12:35 -0500 Report

I buy diabetic socks because they have thicker soles and are great if you have a problem with foot and leg swelling. I have visited a podiatrist who told me I didn't need to specifically buy diabetic shoes so I simply buy shoes that are a comfortable fit are the correct width and length and do not pinch my feet. I love the Earth Spirit shoes and sandal's which I find in Super Wal-Mart or on their site and I love the fact that they are leather. I buy dress and shoes for formal wear at other stores.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-18 13:30:07 -0500 Report

Thank you for answering my post~
I have the diabetic socks too,my problem with them they don't stay in the right place on my feet the sock will twist where the bottom is in top of my foot,no idea why it does that..and at times the top of the sock on my leg will get tight on the edge on the shock..odd…your the second one so far to tell me about Wal-Mart I will be sure to check it out thank you…

jayabee52 2012-03-16 13:46:27 -0500 Report

Howdy Karyn

The footwear need not be labelled "diabetic" to be useful to you if the following features are included in the shoe:

•Most of the diabetic shoes have a very wide and high toe box. Such a roomy and big toe box ensures that the skin on the foot is not stretched and rubbed excessively against the side of the shoe. Many physicians also recommend the use of diabetic socks. Women need not worry about the safety of these socks as they are also made up of soft material, and are roomy and comfortable.
•Many footwear manufacturers and producers of orthopedic shoes for women, have launched products that can be used with a formal attire. Such diabetic dress shoes for women are usually made of soft artificial leather and have a very soft padding on the inside. The artificial leather is more like a fabric and is porous, which keeps the foot well ventilated.
•The enclosure of the shoe, where the foot actually goes in, is padded with soft fiber and is also flexible. This kind of footwear prevents the skin from chafing and pinching.
•Another very great advantage of such footwear, is that the skin does not get all sweaty and smelly. The fabric that provides ventilation prevents the skin from becoming moist with sweat. This ensures that less amount of microbes exist in the areas around the foot. (from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/diabetic-shoes... )

EDIT: Just found a good treatment on this subject in "Diabetes Self Management" online here ~ http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/article...

KarynCandy29 2012-03-20 14:13:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Jayabee,
Thank you so much for your well informed post..Thank you for the articles as well..I'm off to read them now..(big brother);0)