Diabetic and Therapeutic Footwear for Neuropathy

Diabetic and Therapeutic Footwear for Neuropathy

Wearing Diabetic Shoes Is A MUST for those with Diabetes

For most of us, a bad shoe day is easily shrugged off. True, you can end up with a blistered heel or a painful arch, but there’s nothing to be alarmed about. However, for people suffering from diabetes, a bad shoe day can be very threatening. Wearing the wrong kind of shoes can lead to serious problems – and sometimes, it can be so serious that an amputation is the only way to mitigate the damage.

Sometimes called extra depth or therapeutic shoes, diabetic shoes are designed to minimize the risk of skin ulcers and breakdown in diabetics…especially those who are already suffering from a foot disease.

Diabetic shoes for Men and Women are different from your traditional footwear in more ways than one. For starters, they are wider and deeper than average. This ensures that the feet can freely move about without brushing against the shoes’ interiors. What’s more, many of these shoes are built in a way that doesn’t include any seams. The average shoe-wearer doesn’t mind seams. But for diabetics, seams can be troublesome as they can rub against the feet.

In addition to a deeper, wider build and some options with seamless interiors, these therapeutic shoes also tend to provide greater stability – reducing the likelihood of twisting the ankle or stumbling.

Products

Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe Black Leather
Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe White Leather
Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe Indigo Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe Pewter Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe Bone/White Leather
8 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Washable Walker - Women's Casual Orthopedic Shoe

Slipping into Propet's Washable Walker sneaker will be sheer heaven. Its breathable leather upper is made even airier with the addition of all-over perforations and its thickly padded interior fleecy soft lining and shock-absorbing outsole will work together to bring you a gentle cushioned step. Choose classic white or pretty pearlized pastels.
$64.50 (save 24%)
Propet Madison Ankle Lace - Boots - Women's Black
Propet Madison Ankle Lace - Boots - Women's Espresso
Propet Madison Ankle Lace - Boots - Women's Navy
3 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Madison Ankle Lace - Boots - Women's

Propet Madison Ankle Lace - Boots - Women's. The Propet Boots Madison Ankle Lace is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Cold Weather Series collection. Free shipping on the Propet Madison Ankle Lace from the Orthotic Shop. Sealtex® waterproof bootie construction with Scotchgard® treatment for salt resistance. Nylon upper with faux shearling lining.
$58.95 - 70.95 (save 33%)
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Black
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Brown
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Corduroy-Black
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Corduroy-Sand
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Corduroy-Slate
5 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes

Propet Cush 'N Foot - Stretchable - Men's. The Propet Stretchable Cush 'N Foot is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Cush 'N Foot from the Orthotic Shop. The perfect nighttime comfort slipper or option for the post-op patient. Extra large hook and loop strap closure for easy entry and snug fit with closure at instep and heel. The Cush 'N Foot does just what its name implies-- it cushions the foot. It's soft, accommodating neoprene upper has an extra large opening with a secure hook and loop closure that makes getting it on and taking it off super easy. You'll love it for relaxing at the end of a long day.
$53.95 - 67.95 (save 3%)
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Black
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Navy
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Sand
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Corduroy-Black
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Corduroy-Merlot
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes Corduroy-Sand
6 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes

Propet Cush'n Foot - Stretchable - Women's. The Propet Stretchable Cush'n Foot is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Cush'n Foot from the Orthotic Shop. The perfect nighttime comfort slipper or option for the post-op patient. Extra-large hook and loop strap closure for easy entry and snug fit with closure at instep and heel. This smart looking slip-on features a leather and neoprene upper that provides a little extra give-- just where it's needed. The double insoles provide twice the cushioning and can be removed to create additional room or to accommodate custom orthotics.
$53.95 - 67.95 (save 3%)
Spira Classic Walker Women's Shoes with Springs - White
3 Widths Available

Spira Classic Walker Women's Shoes with Springs - White

Spira Women's Classic Walker in White is a spring loaded walking shoe. Spira's "walking shoes with springs" is an extremely well cushioned walking shoe that provides superb forefoot and heel cushioning. The patented WaveSpring is located in both the heel and forefoot for maximum impact absorption that will not break down over the life of the shoe. The mid-foot is supported by a co-molded external shank support structure to aid in torsional stability. The Classic walking upper provides a generous fit for use with orthotics.
$119.95 (save 14%)
Propet Mary Jane - Active - Women's Black
Propet Mary Jane - Active - Women's Bone
2 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet Mary Jane - Active - Women's

Propet Mary Jane - Active - Women's. The Propet Active Mary Jane is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Mary Jane from the Orthotic Shop. Supple, full-grain leather upper with leather lining. Rigid heel counter with removable footbed.
$38.95 - 79.95
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes Brown Suede
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes Choco/Black Nubuck
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes Denim Suede
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes Grey/Black Nubuck
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes Black Leather
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes White Leather
6 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes

Propet Stability Walkers. In narrow and extra-wide sizes! Comfortably walk your way into shape with these Stability Walkers: Supple leather uppers; Rubber sole for secure traction; Lightweight molded EVA midsole for shock absorption; Rocker profile designed to ensure a more natural step; Internal heel counter for added support; External heel counter and wider unitsole base for greater stability; Durable arch support; Removable cushion orthotic; Brushed nylon lining padded collar and tongue for comfort; "D" ring speed lacing for a custom fit; Reflective trim for safety whether you enjoy walking at night or early in the morning hours. A5500 Approved for Diabetic / Therapeutic Use.
$66.95 - 94.95 (save 11%)
Propet Life Walker Strap - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoes Black
Propet Life Walker Strap - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoes Sport White
Propet Life Walker Strap - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoes White
3 Colors Available

Propet Life Walker Strap - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoes

If youre an avid walker and need a sturdy shoe that offers complete protection then the Life Walker sneaker from Propet is perfect for your active lifestyle. Its perforated upper will add maximum breathability while its fully padded lining and footbed will keep you feeling good with every step. And with full shock absorption your stride and your life will be that much easier. Speaking of easy nothings quite as convenient as straps with hook-and-loop fastenings.
$74.95 (save 6%)
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Blue/Silver
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Grey/Black
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Grey/Silver
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Red/Silver
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Black
5 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe

Propet Onalee - Stretchable - Women's. The Propet Stretchable Onalee is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Travel collection. Free shipping on the Propet Onalee from the Orthotic Shop. Stretchable jersey with adjustable hook and loop strap for comfortable fit. Removable double insoles featuring OrthoLite®.
$55.95 - 59.95 (save 7%)
Drew Bloom II - Black Mary Jane Womens Shoe - 14353
4 Widths Available

Drew Bloom II - Black Mary Jane Womens Shoe - 14353

Drew Bloom II - The Drew Bloom II accomodates custom orthotics and features a steel shank

$119.95
Propet TravelFit Strap - Active - Women's Black
Propet TravelFit Strap - Active - Women's Navy
3 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet TravelFit Strap - Active - Women's

Propet TravelFit Strap - Active - Women's. The Propet Active TravelFit Strap is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Travel collection. Free shipping on the Propet TravelFit Strap from the Orthotic Shop. Engineered mesh upper with mesh lining and convenient micro fiber strap closure. Extra depth removable cushioned EVA insole.
$59.95 (save 8%)
Spira Classic Walker Men's Shoes with Springs - Black
3 Widths Available

Spira Classic Walker Men's Shoes with Springs - Black

The Spira Classic Walker is a Men's spring loaded walking shoe. Spira's Black "walking shoes with springs" is an extremely well cushioned walking shoe that provides superb forefoot and heel cushioning. The patented WaveSpring is located in both the heel and forefoot for maximum impact absorption that will not break down over the life of the shoe. The mid-foot is supported by a co-molded external shank support structure to aid in torsional stability. The Classic walking upper provides a generous fit for use with orthotics.
$119.95 (save 14%)
Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Boot Black
Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Boot Brown
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Boot

Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Hiking Boot. The Propet Ridge Walker is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Boot collection. Free shipping on the Propet Ridge Walker from the Orthotic Shop. Suede and mesh upper with padded collar and tongue. Waterproof bootie construction.
$84.95 (save 11%)
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes Black Leather
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes Black Suede
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes Berry Suede
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes Pewter Suede
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes White Leather
5 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes

Nothing will keep you lighter on your feet than the Stability Walker sneaker from Propet. This lightweight soft leather or suede sneaker available in smooth or nubuck finishes will hug your foot with perfection while the padded collar and tongue will provide you with optimum ankle support. Whats more the multi-directional tread will give you traction on multiple surfaces. The Stability makes the road ahead virtually endless. A5500 Approved for Diabetic / Therapeutic Use.
$74.95 - 79.95
Propet Madison Ankle Strap - Women's Comfort Boots
5 Widths Available

Propet Madison Ankle Strap - Women's Comfort Boots

Propet Madison Ankle Strap - - Women's. The Propet Madison Ankle Strap is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's collection. Free shipping on the Propet Madison Ankle Strap from the Orthotic Shop. Designed with special heat-retaining insoles, faux shearling lining and a waterproof and Scotchgard®-treated nylon upper, you're sure to stay protected from the elements in this practical cold weather boot. Features a speed lacing closure for easy on/off. Nylon upper with hook and loop closure and faux shearling lining. Sealtex® waterproof laminate construction with Scotchgard® treatment for salt resistance.
$84.95 (save 15%)
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 Black
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 Sport White
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 Taupe
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 Wht/Blue
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 Wht/Berry
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902 White
6 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902

Comfortable and casual the Tour Walker strap oxford from Propet will have you feeling great with each and every step. Its perforated upper will give you total breathability while its easy Velcro straps will keep the best fit. Its padded lining and footbed will keep you at ease whether youre power walking or just living your busy everyday lifestyle. Get out and about in this versatile, active style. The single strap closure provides a just-right fit and makes for easy on and off. The cushioned EVA outsole provides hours of shock-absorbing comfort.
$63.95 - 69.95 (save 7%)
Dr. Comfort Spirit Plus Women's Athletic Shoe Black
Dr. Comfort Spirit Plus Women's Athletic Shoe White
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Dr. Comfort Spirit Plus Women's Athletic Shoe

Dr. Comfort Spirit Plus Women's Athletic Shoe. Dr. Comfort Spirit Plus Women\'s Athletic Shoe. Full top grain leather trainer with arch stabilizer for enhanced support. Available in a traditional lace closure for a great fit.
$139.00 (save 20%)
Propet Mary Lou - Active - Women's
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Mary Lou - Active - Women's

Propet Mary Lou - Active - Women's. The Propet Active Mary Lou is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Mary Lou from the Orthotic Shop. Machine washable, full-grain leather upper with brushed nylon lining. Firm heel counter with removable footbed and arch-supporting EVA midsole.
$38.95 - 50.95 (save 45%)
Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Hiking Shoe Black
Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Hiking Shoe Brown
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Hiking Shoe. The Propet Ridge Walker Low is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Comfort Shoe collection. Free shipping on the Propet Ridge Walker Low from the Orthotic Shop. Suede and mesh upper with padded collar and tongue. Waterproof bootie construction.
$79.95 (save 11%)
Propet Nelson  - Active - Men's Preferred Black
Propet Nelson  - Active - Men's Preferred White
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Nelson - Active - Men's Preferred

Propet Nelson - Active - Men's. The Propet Active Nelson is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Nelson from the Orthotic Shop. Athletic-styling combined in a mesh and leather upper make this shoe a real winner. The double footbed provides extra volume and is great for custom orthotics. The cushioned rubber outsole and memory foarm insole provide hours of comfort. Mesh and leather upper with padded collar and tongue . Antimicrobial brushed Dri-Lex® lining and sock lining to help prevent the leading causes of foot odor.
$38.95 - 77.95 (save 57%)
Propet Cliff Walker - Men's A5500 Orthopedic Boot Black
Propet Cliff Walker - Men's A5500 Orthopedic Boot Bronco Brown
2 Colors Available

Propet Cliff Walker - Men's A5500 Orthopedic Boot

The name truly says it all! The Propet Cliffwalker from Propet is a rugged athletic boot that tackles outdoor adventures with ease. Featuring a waterproof leather upper breathable nylon mesh lining and an efficient hook and loop lace system that lets you get on your way quickly this sturdy shoe is made for hiking. The Cliffwalker also boasts a flexible rubber outsole with an innovative self-leaning design for a steady step on all kinds of terrain.
$99.95 (save 9%)
PW Minor - Perfomance Walker DX2 - Men - Strap Black - 11387
PW Minor - Perfomance Walker DX2 - Men - Strap White - 81387
2 Colors - 4 Widths

PW Minor - Perfomance Walker DX2 - Men - Strap

P.W. Minor Performance Walker DX2 - Strap Closure - Men's Shoe with Extra Depth to accommodate custom made orthotics - Free Shipping - 11387 - 81387
$139.95
Drew Pulse - Black Calf Mens Athletic Hi-Top Shoes - 40794
4 Widths Available

Drew Pulse - Black Calf Mens Athletic Hi-Top Shoes - 40794

Drew Pulse - Clearance accomodates custom orthotics and features a steel shank

$138.95
Propet TravelFit Strap - Men's Lightweight Travel Strap Shoe Black
Propet TravelFit Strap - Men's Lightweight Travel Strap Shoe Grey
Propet TravelFit Strap - Men's Lightweight Travel Strap Shoe Navy
3 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet TravelFit Strap - Men's Lightweight Travel Strap Shoe

Propet TravelFit Strap - Active A5500 - Men's. The Propet Active A5500 TravelFit Strap is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Travel collection. Free shipping on the Propet TravelFit Strap from the Orthotic Shop. Breathable engineered mesh upper with mesh lining and wide adjustable strap closure. Extra depth insole with cushioned EVA for comfort .
$69.95 (save 7%)

A Closer Look At The Feet Of A Diabetic

Diabetes is no laughing matter. In the United States alone, 17.9 million men and women battle diabetes. While good blood sugar control can reduce the risk of complications, poorly controlled diabetes render numerous parts of the body (especially the feet) vulnerable against the slightest of accidents.

You see, diabetes can lead to extensive nerve damage known as neuropathy. This condition leaves the foot nerves unable to feel any sensitivity to pain. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen overnight, which means diabetics still have time to prepare and minimize the damage.

Many men and women with diabetes have reported years of experiencing funny, tingling sensations in the feet (tell-tale signs of ailing nerves) before they losing ALL sensation in both feet. Once neuropathy reaches that point however, it’s hard to turn back. Diabetics can step on broken glass, needles, or syringes; break a toe; and suffer from a host of foot injuries…and they won’t feel a thing.

People with neuropathy cannot sense any foreign objects in their shoes at all. James McGuire, Dir. of Leonard S. Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Temple University\\\\\\\'s School of Podiatric Medicine, once described a patient who didn’t feel a thing after a jack got into his shoe;

\\\'He just put the shoe on, stepped down and drove the jack into his foot and walked around all day and ended up with an infection from that.\\\' Dr. McGuire said.

YES, when plagued with diabetes and neuropathy, even the most minor of accidents and injuries can snowball into infections…and even lead to amputation. It’s that serious!

Important Note for fitting Diabetic Shoes

Seek the help of a trained professional to custom-fit your diabetic shoes. Remember, peripheral neuropathy prevents your feet from feeling any sensation – making it impossible for you to tell an improper fit. By enlisting the help of a trained, custom-fitting professional, you ensure that your diabetic shoes are designed with a proper fit and encourages good blood and air circulation. Speaking of design, here are some features your diabetic footwear should have:

  • Deep and wide structure – leaving enough space for custom diabetic insoles
  • No interior or covered seams that could cause rubbing injuries and skin ulcers
  • Roomy toe box so it doesn’t pinch or squeeze your toes
  • Adjustable fit – you don’t want it too tight or too loose that it slides around your feet

Other Footwear Products For Diabetics

As much as possible, you want to stick to diabetic shoes. They’re built for comfort and their closed structure prevents stones, thumbtacks, and other small, but dangerous stuff from slipping through. Having said that, you might want something that gives your feet more breathing room. If that’s the case, here are other diabetic footwear and products you want to check out. We have a separate page on diabetic socks.

Diabetic Sandals: To be honest, men\'s and women\'s sandals are not ideal for diabetics. While they are lightweight and comfortable to wear, small stones and debris can easily slip into sandals. For diabetics whose feet can hardly feel anything, that’s a huge risk.

But if you’re not comfortable with shoes and you really must wear sandals, go for a pair that’s durable – one that has a high-grip, multilayer sole; thick pressure sock; and can accommodate molded foot beds / orthotics.

Diabetic Slippers: If you stay at home most of the time, grabbing a pair or two of diabetic slippers could provide relief to your ailing feet. These slippers share the same orthopedic and therapeutic features of diabetic shoes

  • Designed from the ground up for protection and support
  • Come with spacious toe boxes to minimize the risk of blisters and irritation
  • Have removable insoles to cater to your specific orthotic-needs

When shopping for diabetic slippers, you want a pair that’s flexible and comes with an adjustable closure. The adjustable closure will surely come handy since diabetic feet can eventually change in shape and size. You also want diabetic slippers whose outsoles are beefed up with additional traction; pull tabs at its heels; comfortable wool uppers; and sturdy construction.

Written by: Matt Behnke on Google+