Why do diabetics need special shoes?

Houston podiatrist distributer for Aetrex, Orthofeet, and Dr. Comfort diabetic shoesPeople with diabetes have feet that are sensitive to pressure. As pressure builds up, the foot is not as capable of managing the pressures and healing from within. Because of foot numbness associated with diabetes, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, there is no pain to serve as a warning sign.

Diabetic shoes have extra depth, especially in the toebox, to reduce the pressure on your foot, particularly over bony prominences like bunions and hammertoes. They also have fitted insoles that minimize the pressures beneath your foot, helping to prevent the formation of calluses that can break down and form diabetic foot ulcers. Taking these preventative measures help to prevent complications leading to infection and reduce the possibility of amputation.

We carry and recommend diabetic shoes that are approved by Medicare and private insurance that will protect your diabetic feet while looking good too. Call our Houston podiatry office today to schedule an appointment to see if you are qualified for this important insurance benefit designed to protect and save your feet.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.