Edema, characterized by excessive swelling in the feet and ankles, can be a challenging condition to manage. In this article, we will delve into the different stages of edema, how to identify extreme edema, and the importance of finding the right footwear to alleviate discomfort. Whether you’re dealing with mild swelling or extreme edema, we’ll provide valuable insights to help you choose the perfect pair of shoes.

Identifying Edema

Edema is often categorized by the level of swelling in the feet and ankles. Normal edema involves slight swelling in the instep (the top of your foot) and a bit over the ankle. However, when the swelling becomes more severe, it’s essential to recognize the signs.

  • Moderate Edema: Some swelling in the instep and ankle.
  • Extreme Edema: Foot appears significantly larger, maybe twice the normal size.
  • Severe Edema: Toes may be so swollen that they blend in with the foot, making them almost unrecognizable.

Choosing the Right Shoe Width

Selecting the correct shoe width is crucial for edema management. Here’s how to determine the right width for your needs:

  • Measure the ball width of your foot.
  • For a 5-inch ball width, consider a 10E width.
  • For a 5.5-inch ball width, opt for a 14E width.

Remember that a quarter-inch difference in width can make a substantial impact on comfort.

The Importance of Proper Fit

Proper shoe fitment is essential for those dealing with edema. At DT Footwear, we provide a precise sizing technique to ensure the right fit. Simply visit our website, find the sizing chart, and fill out the form with measurements for both feet, including ball width, instep circumference, and ankle girth.

728-E Shoe With Lycra Collor For Edema

Addressing Collar Irritation

Edema often causes discomfort around the ankles due to collar irritation. A solution for this problem is the 728-E for men and 628-E for women, featuring elastic around the collar to accommodate ankle swelling. Additionally, this design provides a more comfortable fit for extreme edema sufferers.

Customization Options

For individuals with unique needs, customization is available, DT Footwear can modify shoes to include elastic collars, change colors, and create a fully customized shoe. However, please note that custom shoes are not returnable or exchangeable, as they are made to order.

Strong and Supportive

The brands that DT Footwear carries for edema are designed with your comfort in mind. They feature a strong midsection and reinforced shank to prevent excessive bending and ensure stability during activities. While they are not suitable for sports like pickleball or tennis, they are perfect for daily wear, gym visits, and walking.


Managing edema requires the right footwear to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. At DT Footwear, we specialize in providing comfortable, supportive, and customized options for individuals dealing with extreme edema. By following our sizing technique and considering collar modifications, you can find the perfect shoes to make a real difference in your daily comfort. Feel free to reach out to a Fitment Specialist at any time for personalized advice and assistance in finding the ideal footwear for your unique needs. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.

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Disclaimer: Educational Information Only

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment, including any foot-related concerns. If you have any health issues or questions about your feet, please consult a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or podiatrist. Don’t ignore medical advice or delay seeking help based on what you read here or elsewhere. We’re not responsible for any harm caused by using this information. Everyone’s response to treatments can be different, and medical recommendations may change over time. If you experience a medical emergency or serious foot problem, seek immediate medical attention, or call your local emergency services. By using this resource, you agree to these terms and understand the importance of getting personalized medical advice from a qualified professional.

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