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
White Leather
Indigo Suede
Pewter Suede
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.
$82.95 (save 2%)
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.
$109.50 (save 22%)
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.
$99.95 (save 29%)
Drew Warren - Men's Orthopedic Sandals
Blk/Gry Cmb
Brn/Tan Cmb


2 Colors - 4 Widths

Drew Warren - Men's Orthopedic Sandals

Drew Warren - Men's Orthopedic Sandals - Free Shipping. Drew Warren sandal offers the lightweight comfort provided by a removable- cushioned Ultron footbed and the added support of a flexible- shock-absorbing Rubber outsole. Three adjustable velcro brand closures add to its customizability. The footbed is removable making the Drew Warren one of the industries only double depth sandal- ready for custom orthotic- while soft stretchable linings and a natural- oblique toe.
$149.95
Propet Life Walker Strap - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoes
Black
Sport-White
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.
$82.95
Propet Stability Walker A5500 - Men's Diabetic Shoes
Brown Suede
Choco/Black Nubuck
Denim Suede
Grey/Black Nubuck
Black Leather
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.
$53.95 - 99.95
Dunham Captain by Rockport
Brown
Tan
Navy
Black
Green


5 Colors - 5 Widths

Dunham Captain by Rockport

Dunham Captain by Rockport. Getting your sea legs under you sometimes takes more than a few tacks across the harbor. It takes a shoe like the Captain. Made with breathable mesh inserts for water drainage and a roll bar for stability, the Captain features slip-resistant rubber outsoles and full-grain leather on the topside. Men's Boat
$109.50 - 129.95
Spira Classic Walker Women's Shoes with Springs - Black


3 Widths Available

Spira Classic Walker Women's Shoes with Springs - Black

The Women's Spira Classic Walker in Black 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.
$109.50 (save 22%)
Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes
Black Combo
White Combo
Wht/Gry Cmb


3 Colors - 5 Widths

Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes

Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes - Free Shipping. Lightning II V has an element of fun and a serious attitude toward comfort. Drew Lightning II V shoes for men feature all of the therapeutic benefits of a Drew in a performance-packed athletic shoe that features a breathable- mesh vamp and quarter linings and dual shanks. The two removable insoles in our Drew Lightning II V shoes provide for double the depth and create space for custom orthotics or simply some extra toe room. Padded to the max- Drew Lightning II V shoes are the ideal men's athletic shoes for all-day walking comfort you can depend on.
$114.95 - 122.95 (save 9%)
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes
Black
Navy
Sand
Corduroy-Black
Corduroy-Merlot
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.
$43.95 - 72.95
Propet Eden Strap - Active - Women's Preferred
Black
Sport White
White


3 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Eden Strap - Active - Women's Preferred

Propet Eden Strap - Active - Women's. The Propet Active Eden Strap is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Eden Strap from the Orthotic Shop. Contemporary athletic styling make this walking shoe a great option for everyday wear. The double footbed and adjustable hook and loop closure ensures this style is ultra-accommodating. The rubber outsole paired with a memory foam insole means hours of cushioned comfort. Full-grain leather upper with hook and loop closure for adjustability and comfort. Antimicrobial brushed Dri-Lex® lining and sock lining to help prevent the leading causes of foot odor. A5500 Approved for Diabetic / Therapeutic Use.
$45.95 (save 49%)
Propet Life Walker II - Men's Orthopedic Comfort Shoe
Black
White


3 Colors Available

Propet Life Walker II - Men's Orthopedic Comfort Shoe

Look no further than the Propet Life Walker sneaker for the ultimate walking shoe. The supple leather upper features a padded collar and tongue that along with the traditional laces swath your foot in comfort. A rubber sole removable orthotic and molded insole with arch support provide cushioning and support so you can walk all day. Pair with your favorite casual or workout clothes.
$43.95 - 45.95 (save 54%)
Mt. Emey 9205 - Women's Orthopedic Mary Jane by Apis
Black
Ruby
Brown
Black-Lycra


4 Colors - 3 Widths

Mt. Emey 9205 - Women's Orthopedic Mary Jane by Apis

Free Shipping. Mt. Emey 9205 Mary Jane is an extremely light orthopedic women's shoe. It features a seamless lining, high density injected EVA outsole with symmetrical cut line for easy sole modifications, extra length VELCRO strap, extended last width on each width of the size and lateral counter provide support and stability. Also features added width at the toe and extra support at the ankle, and along medial counter to provide support and stability. Better accommodation for orthotics, AFO and internal modifications. Medicare approved for diabetic patients. They feature seamless linings, true width and added depth, better accommodation for orthotics, AFO &internal mods, better support & stability.The package includes 3 pairs of heat moldable inserts.
$126.95 (save 15%)
Propet Tour Walker Strap - A5500 Women's Diabetic Shoes - W3902
Black
Sport White
Wht/Blue
Wht/Berry
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.
$69.95 - 79.95
Spira Classic Walker Men's Shoes with Springs - White


3 Widths Available

Spira Classic Walker Men's Shoes with Springs - White

The Spira Classic Walker White is a Men's spring loaded walking shoe. Spira's white "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.
$109.50 (save 22%)
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe
Blue/Silver
Grey/Black
Grey/Silver
Red/Silver
Black
Beige Quilt
Black Quilt


7 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®.
$64.95
Xelero Genesis - Women's Motion Control Shoe


3 Widths Available

Xelero Genesis - Women's Motion Control Shoe

Xelero Genesis - Women's Motion Control Shoe. Xelero's Genesis is perfectly suited Women's motion control shoe for walking and running. Its mini lug outsole is suitable for roads and easy terrain. The patented Xelero technology ensures stability while encouraging forward motion. The Xelero midsole provides light-weight cushioning while the seamless lining optimizes comfort. The Extra Cushion ing EVA insole provides another layer of comfort. The Xelero lining material wicks moisture away, keeping your feet cool and dry.
$169.95
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes
Black
Corduroy-Black
Corduroy-Sand
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.
$72.95
Propet Graham - Men's Leather Dress Comfort Shoe Strap Shoes
Black
Chocolate


2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Graham - Men's Leather Dress Comfort Shoe Strap Shoes

Propet Graham - Casual A5500 - Men's. The Propet Casual A5500 Graham is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's American Dress collection. Free shipping on the Propet Graham from the Orthotic Shop. Supple full grain leather upper with adjustable hook and loop strap with buckle embellishment.. OrthoLite® insole with open-cell PU foam for high-level breathability and moisture management.
$52.95 (save 54%)
Propet TravelFit Strap - Men's Lightweight Travel Strap Shoe
Black
Grey
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 .
$65.95 - 68.95 (save 8%)
Propet Warner - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoe
Black
Sport White
White


3 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Warner - Men's Orthopedic Walking Shoe

Propet Warner - Active - Men's. The Propet Active Warner is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Warner from the Orthotic Shop. The lace-up version of our contemporary athletic walking shoe-- perfect for everyday wear. The double foot bed accommodates extra volume or custom orthotics. And the combination of our cushioned rubber outsole and memory foam insole means hours of comfort wherever you wander. Full-grain leather upper with padded collar and tongue . Antimicrobial brushed Dri-Lex® lining and sock lining to help prevent the leading causes of foot odor.
$45.95 (save 49%)
Propet Olivia -  Stretchable - Women's
Black
Taupe
Bone


3 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet Olivia - Stretchable - Women's

Propet Olivia - Stretchable - Women's. The Propet Stretchable Olivia is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Olivia from the Orthotic Shop. Supple, full-grain leather and stretchable leatherette upper with oblique toe character. Blucher style with padded collar and tongue, and single-strap closure system.
$104.95
Xelero Genesis XPS - Women's Stability - Motion Control Shoe
Grey/Salmon
Ocean/Lilac
White/Blue


3 Colors - 3 Widths

Xelero Genesis XPS - Women's Stability - Motion Control Shoe

Xelero Genesis XPS - Men's Diabetic-Friendly Stability - Motion Control Shoe. Suitable for roads and easy terrain, the Genesis XPS Women's Motion Control walking and running sneaker offers lightweight cushioning and a seamless lining that wicks away moisture to keep feet dry and cool. Xelero technology provides a dynamic and stable forward motion, while gel pads in the rear- and fore-foot, and removable insoles offer a comfortable custom fit.
$159.95 - 179.95
Dr. Comfort Paradise Women's Dress Shoe
Pewter
Black
Saddle Tan


3 Colors - 4 Widths

Dr. Comfort Paradise Women's Dress Shoe

Dr. Comfort Paradise Women's Dress Shoe. Dr. Comfort Paradise Women\'s Dress Shoe. Our hand tooled and hand burnished leather creates luxurious looks for dress or casual. Our richly colored leather in new metallic hues adds class to an American classic.
$139.00 (save 20%)

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+