The Importance of Proper Shoe Fit for Diabetics

Diabetic care includes wearing the proper shoes and footwear.

Finding the right diabetic socks & footwear is one of the bigger decisions we make when it comes to clothing. We want shoes to look good, but we also want them to fit well.

Proper shoe fit becomes even more important for people living with diabetes, as the illness can reduce the amount of blood reaching the feet, causing a number of foot problems.

We’ve got you covered when it comes to diabetic socks and support compression socks, but here are some tips for buying shoes when you have diabetes:

  1. Have your feet measured every so often, because they change over time.
  2. Your feet swell as the day goes on, so shop for shoes later in the day.
  3. When you’re trying on shoes, be sure to wear the type of socks you’d wear with those shoes. That will tell you if they’ll fit properly.
  4. Make sure your feet have enough space by measuring the distance between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe. That space should be about ½ the width of your thumb.
  5. At the same time, you don’t want a shoe that’s too big. If your foot slides around inside a shoe, you can end up with blisters.
  6. Break new shoes in over short periods of time before you start wearing them all the time. Wear them for an hour or two, then check your feet for cuts and blisters. The next day, wear them a little longer each day until they feel comfortable.
  7. Choose a shoe made of soft leather, because it can stretch.
  8. Look for a shoe with a cushioned sole – as opposed to one with a thin leather sole – for better shock absorption.
  9. The back of the shoe shouldn’t collapse to one side or the other. Shoes that do this won’t give you the support you need.
  10. Shoes with laces provide better support and a better fit than loafers.
  11. Get an evaluation done by a podiatrist at least once a year.

The right shoe is important for people with diabetes, but so is the right diabetic sock. If you’re looking for a sock that can help you or someone in your life who has diabetes, talk to Creative Care. We’ve been making high-quality diabetic socks for more than three decades. They’re designed to stay in place without constricting your legs, while still lasting as long as traditional retail socks.

Visit our website today to learn more about how to find a diabetic sock that works for you.

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