Diabetics often suffer from the problem that footwear is often worn when wearing normal shoes. Often, however, these are not noticed, as many suffer from the diabetic foot, which is associated with circulatory and nervous disorders.
As a result, normal shoes without special features can not protect you from injury. Pressing internal seams are the trigger of these normal injuries.
But no fear! There is an alternative that really helps. And these are diabetic shoes. Wearing this type of shoes has certain pleasant benefits.
First of all, diabetic shoes are well fed. This ensures that can be completely dispensed with, pressing inner seams.
The sufficient width of the shoe ensures that the feet have enough space and are not restricted. This wide conception of the shoe brings with it the advantage that extra thick inserts made for diabetics find their place.
To protect the toes, diabetic socks also forego the installation of a toe cap.
Why should diabetics not wear normal shoes?
This question can be answered relatively easily. Diabetics are prone to contract diabetic foot syndrome.
In this condition, her feet become vulnerable to injury. These can easily come as it comes to circulatory and nervous disorders.
On the one hand the pain is difficult or often not perceived at all and on the other hand the foot heals very poorly and slowly due to circulatory disorders.
These two factors cause complications and large injuries can be triggered by small stones in the shoe. Therefore, it is all the more important to do everything to prevent injuries. Neglecting care can lead to chronic wounds or even amputation.
In addition to daily pedicure and wearing diabetic socks, diabetic footwear plays an important role here. Wearing high-quality diabetic footwear then ensures that you can initiate preventive measures in your own everyday life.
When should one resort to diabetic shoes
In short, there are four situations where you should definitely resort to diabetic shoes. First, if you suffer from diabetic foot syndrome and your feet are prone to injury related to circulatory and nervous disorders.
If you want to know more, I recommend the article I wrote on the subject of diabetic foot.
Second and third are also connected with the diabetic foot. However, circulatory and nerve disorders may also occur independently of this (at least initially).
Further information can be found in the article on diabetic foot syndrome, which is linked above. And last but not least, if you have not yet made a shoe custom-made by an orthopedic shoemaker and are, so to speak, still in an “intermediate phase”.
Properties of diabetic shoes
When buying a diabetic shoe, you should pay attention to the following features. It is important that the foot behaves antibacterial, so that materials are used that protect the foot from bacteria.
Furthermore, should be paid to an extra soft padding. This prevents you from hurting your inner seams and also guarantees a comfortable fit.
The lining used (padding) should surround the foot very gently and very important should be optimally placed on the foot. That is, the shoe should be wide but not too wide.
Which types are there?
In order to better distinguish what I mean by different types of diabetic footwear, I have added this subheading. Basically, you can distinguish between two types.
Once from the commercially available diabetic shoes that are often sold under different names such as health shoes or bandage shoes.
And the custom made by the orthopedic shoemaker custom shoes, which are adapted to the last centimeter exactly on the foot of the customer. If you need such a shoe that fits you, then you should visit an orthopedic shoemaker or your doctor in your area and get a custom orthopedic shoe.
Now I have already given you some information about diabetic shoes. Afterwards I will show you a few different shoes for diabetics that might be suitable for you.
As a short note yet. Most of these shoes are limited to the pure functionality and therefore do not keep up with the top designs of well-known manufacturers such as Addidas or Nike.
Alternative preventive measures
In addition to wearing Diabikerschuhen you can also take other preventive measures. This is on the one hand the wearing of diabetic socks, which are constructed so that they do without a rubber waistband and are equipped with a hand-toe-stitched toe seam.
And on the other hand, care products such as ointments, creams, nail files and foot baths should be used. In the future, an article will be written on this topic, which I will link accordingly here.