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 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.
$84.95 (save 11%)
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®.
$39.55 - 64.95
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.
$99.95 (save 29%)
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.
$99.95 (save 29%)
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.
$74.95 (save 6%)
Propet Stability Walker - A5500 - Women's Diabetic Shoes
Black Leather
Black Suede
Berry Suede
Pewter Suede
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.
$54.50 - 79.95
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.
$47.55 - 94.95
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.
$99.95 (save 29%)
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.
$39.55 - 45.95 (save 56%)
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.
$99.95 (save 29%)
Propet Washable Walker - Slip Resistant - Women's Diabetic Shoe
Indigo Suede
Black Leather
Bone/White Leather
Brownie Suede
Black Suede
Pewter Suede
Royal Blue/White Suede
Taupe Suede


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.
$74.95 - 82.95 (save 21%)
Propet Stability X Women's Orthopedic Shoes
Black/Berry
Black
Lt Grey


3 Colors - 5 Widths

Propet Stability X Women's Orthopedic Shoes

Propet Stability X Women's Orthopedic Shoes. The Propet Active Stability X is a Womens shoe that is part of Propet's Athletic collection. Free shipping on the Propet Stability X from the Orthotic Shop. Mesh upper with brushednylon lining. Speed lacing closure with padded collar and tongue.
$74.95 (save 25%)
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.
$69.95 - 72.95
Propet Cush 'N Foot - Women's Orthopedic Stretchable A5500 Diabetic Shoes
Black
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.
$39.55 - 69.95
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.
$74.95
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 .
$39.55 - 48.95 (save 43%)
Propet Ridge Walker - Men's Orthopedic Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Black
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 Cliff Walker Low Men's Walking Shoe
Black
Bronco Brown


2 Colors - 4 Widths

Propet Cliff Walker Low Men's Walking Shoe

Propet Cliff Walker Low Men's Walking Shoe - Free Shipping. Get maximum comfort and support when you need it with the Propet Cliff Walker Low Sneaker. Made of weather-resistant full-grain leather upper. Details: Weather-resistant full-grain leather upper with speed-lacing closure- rigid heel counter with removable footbed- Sealtex waterproof bootie construction keeps moisture out- lightweight- cushioned EVA midsole with high traction rubber outsole. 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. Antimicrobial - help prevent leading causes of foot odor. Waterproof - feet will stay warm and dry- specially designed to keep water out with Sealtex bootie or laminate construction. Material: Full Grain Leather- 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.
$94.95 (save 5%)
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
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
Dunham Burlington by Rockport
Brown
Black


2 Colors - 5 Widths

Dunham Burlington by Rockport

Dunham Burlington by Rockport - Free Shipping. Stroll the cityscape with an air of confidence in Dunhams Battery Park oxford. Fiberglass shank secures a supportive stance for a healthy stride. ABZORB cushioning reduces walking stress for spirited motion. Waterproof leather has been seam-sealed for all-weather assurance.
$116.50
Propet Cliff Walker Strap - Men's A5500 Diabetic Boot
Black
Bronco Brown


2 Colors - 3 Widths

Propet Cliff Walker Strap - Men's A5500 Diabetic Boot

Propet Cliff Walker Strap - Outdoor - Men's. The Propet Outdoor Cliff Walker Strap is a Men's shoe that is part of Propet's Preferred collection. Free shipping on the Propet Cliff Walker Strap from the Orthotic Shop. Weather-resistant, full-grain leather upper with Sealtex? waterproof bootie construction. Padded, mesh-lined collar and hook-and-loop strap closure for easy entry. The same great features of our Cliff Walker lace up in a convenient two strap version. This boot is a go-to for work or casual weekend adventure and is designed to keep your feet warm and dry with the Sealtex® waterproof bootie construction.
$109.95
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.
$43.55 - 52.95 (save 60%)

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+