Should Diabetics Wear Special Shoes?

It is possible that when blood sugar levels are out of whack, then the nerves in our feet can be damaged over time. This implies that those of us with diabetes can have a variety of foot problems.

In an attempt to answer the question “should diabetics wear special shoes?”, let me state here that there are shoes specially designed to prevent and or reduce foot problems faced by diabetics.

Let us review some foot problems that are possible.

Possible Foot Problems Faced by Diabetics

When our blood sugar is allowed to spike out of control, then it is possible for us to experience nerve damage or neuropathy. Poor blood circulation also becomes our reality.

The above can result in other serious issues, which could become life-threatening, if not properly treated. We are looking at numbness in our feet and sometimes hands, and a burning and tingling sensation.

A general lack of feeling to the point where we could have a small injury on the feet and be ignorant of said injury, ulcers, infection, and bacteria are also possible. Unfortunately, it does not stop here as there is more.

Gangrene, bunions, and corns are also possible. It is not uncommon for diabetics to develop what is called hammertoes. This means the joint of the toes starts to bend inwards and the shape of the foot can change.

Athletes foot and even blisters are possible. We may be tempted to take these lightly, but that is not a good idea. Bear in mind that poor circulation makes healing difficult and so it is easier for a simple matter to get out of control for diabetics.

The truth be told, diabetics can have foot problems which could lead to loss of their feet. For this reason, our shoes should not be too small or too big. Yes, we need special shoes to ensure that we do not suffer from foot problems and face possible amputation.

Read more about Diabetic Neuropathy. Click and read Diabetic Foot Pain.

It is now time for us to take a peek at diabetic shoes.

A Look at Diabetic Shoes

In general, for those of us with controlled blood sugar, we need to ensure that we wear comfortable fitting shoes to minimize the possibility of foot injuries.

Take a look at this article, “The Right Shoes for Diabetics.”

Please continue to read for some diabetic shoe options. Have you ever heard of deeper shoes? Go ahead and read the section below.

In-Depth Shoes for Diabetics

These shoes are deeper than a normal shoe. Hammertoes and other changes to our feet are welcoming of this extra depth. They can offer as much as 1/4 to 1/2 inch more in-depth.

I love deeper shoes so that I can add insoles for more guaranteed cushion, necessary especially if you are experiencing nerve pain. The extra cushion is also excellent on the days when you are on your feet a lot.

Please see below and feel free to click the pictures.



Maybe you did surgery on your feet or you have an injury. There is something for you too. Just read the next section.

Special Shoes Whilst you Heal

If you need to recover from foot injuries, or maybe surgery then there are special shoes to wear whilst you heal. They still offer support and comfort, whilst they allow your feet to heal.

Please take a look below for some options. Yes, go ahead and click the pictures for more information, including the price.



You may be suffering from a foot deformity due to changes in the shape of your feet. You can still wear suitable and comfortable shoes to ensure you do not have other foot issues. Please read below.

Custom-Made Shoes for Diabetics

A mold is made using your feet and then shoes are designed and made just for your special feet. This is indeed happy news for many. If you have corns, bunions, nerve pain, then this type of shoe can be of great benefit to you and your feet will be grateful.

What about socks and what features should I be looking for in both shoes and socks? Continue to the next section to answer the previous question.

Tips When Buying Diabetic Shoes and Socks

Please see my top buying tips below. I use them all the time and I am never disappointed. If you have ever seen me, I am always in comfortable, therapeutic shoes and socks. Now for my top tips:

  • Lightweight shoes are important. With all the foot issues possible, we need to wear shoes that will not be too heavy and could lead to other problems. Heavy shoes could rub and lead to ulcers.
  • Breathable shoes are an excellent choice to keep our feet dry. This is important to keep away fungus and bacteria.
  • Flexibility is also important. Your shoe should not feel like a stiff jacket. Some materials that are good shoe options for us are; canvas, suede, and leather.
  • Well-cushioned shoes will ensure foot safety as they absorb the shock when we move around, especially whilst exercising or simply walking. This protects the sole of our feet.
  • Shoes with velcro or lace are sterling examples that allow us to loosen them as we go through the day and may need a bit more room in our footwear.
  • Extra support is paramount at the back of the shoe. We are better off in full shoes than those exposing our heal and toes.
  • Shoes with heal below 2 inches are amongst the best options for diabetics. Higher heels place a lot of pressure on our feet, especially at the toes and the sole of the feet.
  • A shoe with rounded toes is the option for diabetics. Note that they are less likely to cause damage to our toes.
  • Our socks should be seamless to ensure that there is no rubbing against our feet. This keep blisters away.
  • Socks without elastic are great for diabetics. Our socks should be able to stretch, but we do not need those that will leave a mark, which could itch and result in an ulcer.
  • Like our shoes, breathable socks are a good choice for diabetics, as they keep our feet dry and fungus-free.
  • Padded socks are excellent choices to assist with shock absorption and ultimately healthier diabetic feet.
  • Both shoes and socks should not be tight or too loose.

The Final Curtain

Foot issues for diabetics are both possible and preventable in many cases. We must commit to paying attention to our feet and taking care of them in order to avoid amputation in the future.

Please take the time to read this article entitled “Peripheral Neuropathy Diet.” Yes, food is indeed our medicine, even as it relates to foot care. Amazing!

Are you interested in home remedies for diabetic neuropathy? This one is worth the read. “Neuropathy Treatment – Home Remedies.”

There is also this article which will give you more information about foot socks for diabetics. It covers a number of options as well. That one is called “Diabetic Foot Care – Diabetic Socks.”

There is no need to lose hope. With the help of God and some discipline, we can effectively fight diabetes. Let us continue the fight for a healthier us, free of diabetes.

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Author Notes

Please be reminded that the author of this article has been fighting diabetes for years now and she has been getting better results on a weekly basis. She has managed to avoid hospital beds, for which she gives God the glory. Josephine has normal or close to normal readings on most days.

The death of her only child had her stressed and so the numbers climbed, but even then, she took control and today has her testimony. Read this article to see her journey with stress and how it affected her blood sugar, but more so, how she is coping.


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  1. // Reply

    Wow, I never knew this before now that it is possible for a diabetic to lose their legs to to their health issues. I feel like it is a very sad thing which shouldn’t go on like that. I would really have to show this to my aunt who is already at the type 2 of her diabetes and she might have to come here to buy some of your recommendation.

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      Thanks Suz, but the most important thing for your aunt to do is to embrace a lifestyle change of eating whole foods and to be active.  As usual, thank you and know that your visit is always welcome.

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    My dad is diabetic and controls it through his diet. I believe that diabetes can affect your circulation this in turn impacts on your extremities. Some people have seen their diabetes deteriorate over time and eventually, they have needed to have surgery. It is best to deal with your diabetes early and manage any area of your life in relation to this. The impact could benefit you in the long term.

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      I am happy that your dad is controlling diabetes via diet.  Yes, the shoes are important as we tend to sometimes develop nerve ending issues.  Castle, all the best to you and your dad.

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    This is really good valued information you have here. I never thought there could be a particular shoe that those who are diabetic should wear before now. However, I am frankly glad that I have come across this article and I’ll share it with others because I know a couple of people who are diabetic. This would help 

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      Justin, sharing is caring, so please, go ahead and share this article.  Be safe.

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