Written by: Mallory Lor, C. Ped

November is a month of awareness, especially when it comes to health. It's National Diabetes Month, a time when we turn our attention to a condition that affects millions of lives worldwide. Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires constant management, and during this month, the spotlight is on prevention, education, and support.

One crucial aspect of diabetes management is foot care, something the Dr. Comfort® team is very passionate about. This is where diabetic shoes step in, quite literally, to make a difference. Diabetic shoes are specially designed to meet the unique needs of those living with diabetes. Here's why they're an essential part of diabetes management:

  • Comfort and Support: People with diabetes often experience neuropathy, which can lead to numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation in the feet. According to The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), diabetic shoes designed with extra cushioning and support can help reduce the risk of pressure sores and ulcers. Dr. Comfort shoe options with extra cushioning are Ranger, Vigor, Gordon, Grace
  • Customized Fit: Ill-fitting shoes can cause serious foot problems for diabetics. Diabetic shoes come in a range of widths and sizes to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Dr. Comfort shoes have space for removable insoles, making it easier to accommodate foot inserts or orthotics. Going through a footcare provider, you will be measured to ensure you have a properly fitting shoe and inserts that are right for your feet. Find a Dr. Comfort Provider
  • Reduced Friction: Diabetic shoes are made from materials that minimize friction and rubbing against the skin, helping to prevent blisters and sores. They also have seamless interiors or flat-sewn seams to avoid irritation and pressure points.
  • Protection: Diabetic shoes often feature reinforced soles, firm heel counters, and a protective toe box to safeguard the feet from injury. This is crucial for individuals who may not feel minor injuries due to neuropathy. Dr. Comfort even has a steel toe boot for those whose work requires it.
  • Breathability: Good airflow is essential to maintaining healthy feet. Many diabetic shoes are made with breathable materials to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Materials like wool help with temperature and moisture control. Dr. Comfort carries shoes and socks made with Merino wool.

National Diabetes Month is an ideal time to assess your foot care routine and consider the benefits of diabetic shoes. Proper foot care is an integral part of managing diabetes, and these specialized shoes can help reduce the risk of complications.

So, let's celebrate National Diabetes Month by taking proactive steps to care for our feet. Consider investing in good quality diabetic shoes like Jack or Diane to ensure that your every step is a comfortable, safe one on your journey towards managing diabetes. It's not just about shoes; it's about your well-being and quality of life.

The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.