For those living with diabetes, finding properly fitting footwear is crucial for maintaining foot health. In this podcast, CEO, Ron Heinlein, explores the significance of extra-wide shoes and why they matter for diabetics.
Wide vs. Extra Wide
Typically, diabetic shoes are available up to a 4E or 6E width, which is considered wide. Sometimes you may find 6E width options. However, for some diabetics, even more room is necessary. Extra-extra wide widths like 9E, 10E, and 14E are often vital to prevent foot constriction and ensure proper circulation.
Our Feet Change Over Time
As we age, our feet naturally expand and change, just like the rest of our bodies. You may have started with a size 8.5 shoe, but over time found yourself more comfortable in a size 10. It’s important to accommodate this gradual change by upgrading to properly fitting wider shoes.
Early Warning Signs Your Shoes are Too Narrow
Look out for these discomforts which can indicate your shoes are too tight:
- Corns between toes
- Calluses on bottom/sides of feet
These issues often arise when shoes put too much pressure on the feet.
Finding Wider Shoe Options
Knowing where to find extra-wide shoes is key. DT Footwear offers an extensive selection of wider width shoe brands for both men and women. They have options in 9E, 10E, 14E for men and 7E, 10E, 14E for women. Their direct involvement with a factory allows customized shoes to meet your specific needs.
Wide Diabetic Shoes For Men
Wide Diabetic Shoes For Women
Diabetic Shoe Requirements
To be classified as diabetic footwear, shoes must have:
- Adjustable fastenings
- Wider toe box
- Seamless interior
- At least 4 width size options
These features help maintain healthy feet.
The Role of Inserts
Inserts play a big role in diabetic shoes. They aid in addressing various foot conditions and are mandatory. DT Footwear provides free Plastazote inserts with some shoes to help circulation and alleviate issues like edema, neuropathy, and gout.
With over 40 years of experience, DT Footwear founder Ron Heinlein is dedicated to helping people find the perfect shoes for their needs. You can reach out to him directly for personalized advice.
In summary, extra-wide diabetic footwear brings immense comfort, promotes circulation, and prevents foot problems. Be sure to explore your options and get expert guidance to embark on the path to better foot health. Your feet will thank you – feel the difference!
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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.