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 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 .
$65.95 - 68.95 (save 12%)
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.
$82.95 (save 2%)
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
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe Beige Quilt
Propet Onalee - Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe 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
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.
$57.95 - 99.95
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.
$45.95 - 79.95
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.
$43.95 - 72.95
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Men's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes  Black
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.
$72.95
Drew Force - White Mens Athletic Shoes - 40960
5 Widths Available

Drew Force - White Mens Athletic Shoes - 40960

Drew Force - The Force accomodates custom orthotics and features a steel shank - Free shipping

$122.95 (save 30%)
Propet Villager Mid - Men's Casual Orthopedic Boots Black
Propet Villager Mid - Men's Casual Orthopedic Boots Brown
2 Colors Available

Propet Villager Mid - Men's Casual Orthopedic Boots

The handsomely textured full-grain leather of Propets Village Walker oxford gives it dressy-casual good looks but comforts the big news here. A round extra-wide toe box provides plenty of room while the Rocker profile helps maintain an easy stride. Its higher profile helps too with enhanced ankle support. A5500 Approved for Diabetic / Therapeutic Use.
$61.95 - 63.95 (save 39%)
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.
$82.95
Propet Life Walker - Casual - Women's Black
Propet Life Walker - Casual - Women's White
2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Life Walker - Casual - Women's

Propet Life Walker - Casual - Women's. The Propet Casual Life Walker is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Easy Living collection. Free shipping on the Propet Life Walker from the Orthotic Shop. Full-grain leather upper with brushed nylon lining. Padded collar and tongue.
$43.95 - 64.95 (save 37%)
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Indigo Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Black Leather
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Bone/White Leather
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Brownie Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Black Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Pewter Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Royal Blue/White Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe Taupe Suede
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe White Leather
9 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe

Propet improved their women's Washable Walker by adding a slip-resistant outsole. These orthopedic shoes are machine washable and come in many hard to find sizes and widths. The Women's Washable Walker is a great lace-up casual shoe that you'll never have to worry about getting dirty. They're machine washable and feature soft suede or leather uppers with a lightweight slip-resistant outsole. The perfect companion for everyday wear.
$82.95 (save 13%)
Drew Bexley - Men's Adjustable Slip-on Shoe Black Clf
Drew Bexley - Men's Adjustable Slip-on Shoe Brown Tumb
Drew Bexley - Men's Adjustable Slip-on Shoe Tan Tumb
Drew Bexley - Men's Adjustable Slip-on Shoe Brown Nubuck
5 Colors - 5 Widths

Drew Bexley - Men's Adjustable Slip-on Shoe

Drew Bexley - Men's Slip-on Shoe - Free Shipping. Who wouldn't love the benefits of a Drew shoe in a trendy, full-heeled slip-on? The new, Drew Bexley offers twin gore stretch for better slip-on and slip-off comfort and fit. High-tech comfort features and firm heel stabilizers keep the body aligned, your muscles in proper balance and energy levels at their max while padding in the forefoot and heel provides all-day comfort.
$141.95 - 175.95
Drew Paradise II - Black Strap Womens Shoe - 14521
4 Widths Available

Drew Paradise II - Black Strap Womens Shoe - 14521

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

$119.95
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.
$112.95
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%)
Dr. Comfort Protector Men's Work Boots Black
Dr. Comfort Protector Men's Work Boots Chestnut
2 Colors - 4 Widths

Dr. Comfort Protector Men's Work Boots

Dr. Comfort Protector Men's Work Boots. Dr. Comfort Protector Men\'s Work Boots. Finally a Steel-Toe boot that blends art and technology. Durable leather, a NEW tough high abrasion, oil resistant out sole and rugged good looks.
$169.00 (save 20%)
Dr. Comfort Performance X Men's Double Depth Casual Shoe
3 Widths Available

Dr. Comfort Performance X Men's Double Depth Casual Shoe

Dr. Comfort Performance X Men's Double Depth Casual Shoe. Dr. Comfort Performance X Men\'s Double Depth Casual Shoe. Built a FULL 1/4 inch deeper. Full top grain leather trainer with arch stabilizer for enhanced support. All day Double Depth Comfort for an active lifestyle. Accommodate internal braces and AFOs. Perfect solution for severe edema. Help accommodate severe hammertoes.
$139.00 (save 20%)
Propet Cronus Orthopedic - Men's Black Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes
3 Widths Available

Propet Cronus Orthopedic - Men's Black Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes

Propet Cronus - Black Mens PedRx Stretchable - Free Shipping - M0095B - propet, cronus, men's, comfort boots, pedrx, stretchable, black Slip into comfort in this ultra-accomodating shoe that ensures a perfect fit with no binding or excessive pressure on sensitive areas. It features double depth insoles and a soft, neoprene vamp that stretches around your foot.
$79.95
Propet Simpson - Men's Slip Resistant Walking Shoe Black
Propet Simpson - Men's Slip Resistant Walking Shoe Grey
Propet Simpson - Men's Slip Resistant Walking Shoe White
3 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Simpson - Men's Slip Resistant Walking Shoe

Propet Simpson - Slip Resistant A5500 - Men's. The Propet Slip Resistant A5500 Simpson is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Slip Resistant collection. Free shipping on the Propet Simpson from the Orthotic Shop. Supportive and durable slip resistant walking shoe will have you in comfort for long days on your feet. . Mesh and micro fiber or leather upper is light and breathable.
$45.95 - 74.95
Drew Keith - Men's Orthopedic Ankle Boots Black Clf
Drew Keith - Men's Orthopedic Ankle Boots Brandy
2 Colors - 5 Widths

Drew Keith - Men's Orthopedic Ankle Boots

Drew Keith - Men's Orthopedic Ankle Boots - Free Shipping. Drew Keith is a casual- yet comfortable ankle boot. These Drew therapeutic shoes offer two removable insoles. Keep both in for added depth or remove one for double-added depth. Drew Keith provides hidden depth and Opanka construction. Lightweight steel shank for added support and stability.
$148.95 (save 14%)
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
Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes Black Combo
Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes White Combo
Drew Lightning II V - Strap Closure - Men's Walking Shoes 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 Olivia -  Stretchable - Women's Black
Propet Olivia -  Stretchable - Women's Taupe
Propet Olivia -  Stretchable - Women's 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

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+