Why Bother? (Do you need Diabetic Shoes and Socks?)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-15 11:04:16 -0500
Started 2012-10-15 10:25:14 -0500

Diabetic Shoes:

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities. Ill-fitting shoes which rub or pinch the feet excessively can lead to ulceration and foot injury, simply because the diabetic does not feel the injury until it is too late.

Properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing such injuries. Companies specializing in pedorthics — the design of footwear and specialty insoles to help alleviate and/or prevent foot pain and injury — manufacture special shoes and insoles for diabetics.

Diabetic shoes are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special diabetic insoles. Pedorthic insoles for diabetics are generally custom made for the patient's feet, to ensure proper fit and minimize rubbing and uneven weight distribution, preventing injury. It is also important for a diabetic to have shoes with good air circulation, meaning a lot of diabetic footwear features fabric or sandal-style uppers.

It is very important for a diabetic to have their shoes custom fitted by a trained professional, since they may not be able to feel an improper fit, due to peripheral neuropathy. By ensuring proper fit and good air circulation, properly designed diabetic shoes and insoles prevent pressure ulcers, encourage good blood circulation, and allow the skin to breathe.


Diabetic Socks:

When you think about all of the items that a diabetic uses in order to assist with dealing with their disease, chances are you never consider the importance of socks. But diabetic socks are not only an actual product, but they provide a valuable service for those who are trying to make the most of their condition.

Diabetic socks work much the same way as a regular sock by serving as a protective barrier between the foot and a shoe. But diabetic socks are much more than that. Their design, material and function separate them from regular socks.

Diabetic socks allow more oxygen to the feet which allows them to breathe easier and eliminate the possibility for the growth of bacteria or fungus. Giving way to air flow keeps feet fresh and is much more effective in controlling moisture. This is accomplished by using anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties in its multi wicker fiber yarn. They are also used to increase blood circulation. This is of vital importance to a diabetic who routinely has to contend with this issue. They give proper support without being restrictive.

When looking at the design of a diabetic sock you can see that the top weave is larger to allow for proper stretching, which greatly reduces binding. The overall texture is specifically made to cut down on friction or irritation from use.

The right diabetic sock should be also be white, or at least light colored. This gives the user immediate notification of an ulcer or an open wound on the foot. It should also be seamless in design since many diabetics are very acutely sensitive to seams or have nerve damage that can be aggravated from walking on seams.


2 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-15 10:48:36 -0500 Report

MAYS while I agree with this, I actually do buy diabetic socks but they are too thin and I have purchased several kinds. During the winter months my feet get cold and the diabetic socks for me do not seem to be made for keeping your feet warm. I still end up putting a pair of heavier socks over them. I have them in black and white (there is no way I am wearing white socks with an all black outfit). Also during the winter months I wear microfiber tights with skirts and dresses and with dress shoes.

I also buy leather shoes because they fit better and allows your feet to breathe. Winter in the Mid Atlantic states can at times be brutal and I don't do cold and cute together. My podiatrist told me not to waste money on diabetic shoes. For me it would be a waste of money because I would not wear them everyday and in the house I don't wear shoes. I wear slippers because I want to be comfy at home. Besides diabetic shoes will not look good with my formal wear…LOL

I think before anyone invest in diabetic shoes, they should talk to their podiatrist and then get properly measured for them. If they don't want to invest in them, make sure they buy shoes that fit properly, do not rub any part of the foot, that do not allow the foot to slide in them, are well cushioned with arch support and do not cramp the toes. My Earth Shoes work perfect for me. However what works for me may not work for anyone else.

MAYS 2012-10-15 11:04:16 -0500 Report

Joyce, personally i don't like them, when it comes to socks and under garments if i don't like the way they feel i can't wear them and diabetic socks, as well as compression socks (when i had to wear them) irked me!
And the out of pocket expense for a decent pair of the shoes was expensive!
Between my diabetes related expenses and taxes, my wallet gets so light it could float on air at times, it's a good thing i'm single!…lol.