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%)
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 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
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 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 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 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 TravelFit - Active A5500 - Men's Casual Shoes
Black
Black/Grey
Black/Blue
Grey
Sand


5 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet TravelFit - Active A5500 - Men's Casual Shoes

Propet TravelFit - Active A5500 - Men's. The Propet Active A5500 TravelFit is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Travel collection. Free shipping on the Propet TravelFit from the Orthotic Shop. 3D Knit upper with mesh lining. Extra depth insole with cushioned EVA for comfort .
$43.95 - 64.95 (save 30%)
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 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.
$45.95 - 72.95
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 - 56.95 (save 56%)
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®.
$55.21 - 64.95
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.
$43.95 - 64.95 (save 49%)
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
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.
$91.95 (save 3%)
Propet Four Points II - Casual - Men's Diabetic Shoe
Black Grain
Brown Grain


2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Four Points II - Casual - Men's Diabetic Shoe

Propet Four Points II - Casual - Men's. The Propet Casual Four Points II is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Around Town collection. Free shipping on the Propet Four Points II from the Orthotic Shop. The Four Points II features an improved, lighter weight EVA outsole with rubber inserts. And its waterproof leather upper will keep feet warm and dry. A great classic look for almost any occasion. Scotchgard®-treated full-grain leather upper with leather collar and Nylex lining. Sealtex® waterproof bootie construction keeps feet warm and dry. A5500 Approved for Diabetic / Therapeutic Use.
$63.95 - 66.95 (save 29%)
Drew Parade II - Black Womens Casual Shoe - 10295


4 Widths Available

Drew Parade II - Black Womens Casual Shoe - 10295

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

$119.95
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 Vista - Women's A5500 Diabetic Shoes
Black
Taupe
White


3 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Vista - Women's A5500 Diabetic Shoes

Propet Vista - Active - Women's. The Propet Active Vista is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Vista from the Orthotic Shop. Supple, washable leather upper with Nylex lining for added comfort. Padded collar and tongue with D-Ring speed-lacing system. Our traditional leather lace-up has been delivering on comfort for years. Featuring perfed leather uppers for breathability, this smart style has a PU unitsole that provides exceptional cushion and traction.
$45.95 - 95.95
Dunham Captain by Rockport
Brown
Tan
Navy
Black


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
$129.95
Propet Ladybug - Active - Women's
Black
Cayenne
Chestnut


3 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet Ladybug - Active - Women's

Propet Ladybug - Active - Women's. The Propet Active Ladybug is a Women's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Ladybug from the Orthotic Shop. Supple, full-grain leather with double removable insoles for customization. Single hook and loop strap for additional fit adjustment.
$43.95 - 79.95
Propet Stability Fly Men's Stability Sneaker
Black
Dk Grey/Lt Grey


2 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Stability Fly Men's Stability Sneaker

Propet Stability Fly Mens Active A5500 - Free Shipping. Running or jogging will be easy in the Propet Stability Fly Sneaker. Designed for maximum support and comfort- this lace-up shoe features a removable foodbed and insole with gel heel insert. Details: Precision knit mesh upper with brushed-nylon lining- speed-lacing closure system with padded collar and tongue- PU insole with gel heel pad and cushioning ridges- arch-supporting EVA midsole with rubber outsole for durable wear and traction. Medicare Approved - for reimbursement under the Medicare Therapeutic Shoes for Persons with Diabetes Benefit (also known as the Therapeutic Shoe Bill). Removable footbed - can be removed to accommodate custom orthotics. Material: Mesh- EVA- Rubber. Boasting shoes that were engineered for comfort- design and life- Propet is an American footwear company located in Washington State. They churn out men's and women's shoes that utilize the best in cutting-edge technologies like Motion Tech- Rejuve- and other great benefits. They specialize in a wide range of types- from outdoor and casual to athletic and even diabetic footwear to deal with nerve pain. Propet has a little bit of something for everyone.
$79.95
Dr. Comfort William X Men's Double Depth Casual Shoe


3 Widths Available

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

Dr. Comfort William X Men's Double Depth Casual Shoe. Dr. Comfort William X Men\'s Double Depth Casual Shoe. Extra EXTRA depth! Made specially for the hard to fit foot. Accommodates internal braces and AFO\'s. Perfect solution for severe edema or severe hammertoes. Lightweight Velcro closure.
$139.00 (save 20%)
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.
$119.95 (save 14%)

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+