When it comes to managing diabetes, one of the essential yet often overlooked aspects is the choice of proper footwear. Regional Sales Manager, Bob Armruster, from Propet Footwear shares valuable insights on what makes a shoe diabetic-approved and why certain features are crucial for individuals with diabetes.

Key Features of Diabetic Shoes

Diabetic shoes by Propet are specifically designed to address the unique needs of individuals with diabetes. Here are the primary features that distinguish diabetic-approved shoes:

Multiple Width Options

  • Widths Availability: Diabetic shoes should come in a minimum of 3 various widths to accommodate different foot sizes and conditions.
    • Standard Widths: Medium, wide, and extra-wide. Propet offers width up to 5E, other brands offer widths up to 9E and wider!
    • Additional Widths at Propet: Medium, wide, extra-wide, and double extra-wide (up to 5E in men’s and 4E in women’s).

Importance of Width Options

  • Swelling Accommodation: Diabetes often causes foot swelling, making it essential to have shoes that can accommodate wider feet.
  • Comfort and Fit: Proper width ensures the foot has enough room, preventing constriction and discomfort.

Closure Systems

  • Good Closure System: A proper closure system is vital in diabetic shoes.
    • Types: Regular lace-ups, straps, elastic laces and velcro shoes are all good options.
  • Avoid Slip-Ons: Slip-on shoes are not recommended for diabetics because they can lead to abrasions which might go unnoticed and become infected.
  • Control and Stability: Ensures the foot is securely held in place, preventing unnecessary movement and potential injuries.

Seamless Design and Lining

  • Low or No Seams: Diabetic shoes are designed with minimal seams to reduce the risk of abrasions inside the shoe.
  • Quality Lining: The interior of the shoe has a good lining to further minimize friction and protect the foot.

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Material Considerations

  • Acceptable Materials:
    • Leather
    • Mesh
    • Knit
  • These materials are chosen for their breathability and ability to conform to the shape of the foot, providing both comfort and protection.

Why Proper Footwear Matters for Diabetics

  1. Preventing Abrasions: Diabetic individuals may not feel minor injuries due to neuropathy, making it crucial to prevent abrasions.
  2. Reducing Infection Risk: Proper shoes help minimize the risk of infections by ensuring the feet are well-protected and supported.
  3. Accommodating Swelling: Shoes with multiple width options and good closure systems can accommodate swelling, providing a comfortable fit.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right footwear is a critical step for individuals managing diabetes. By focusing on key features such as width options, proper closure systems, seamless design, and appropriate materials, diabetic-approved shoes offer the necessary support and protection. Propet Footwear provides a range of options designed to meet these needs, ensuring that diabetic individuals can maintain foot health and overall well-being.

Have Questions?

Reach out and contact a DT Footwear fit specialist for personalized assistance via phone, email or text. Our fitment experts are here to guide you towards achieving Happy Feet. With a variety of footwear options available, stepping into comfort and style has never been easier.

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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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