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Finding the right shoes when you have diabetes


Wearing the right type of shoes is important for keeping your feet healthy. Walking shoes and athletic shoes are good for daily wear. They support your feet and allow them to "breathe."

  • Never wear vinyl or plastic shoes, because they do not stretch or "breathe."
  • When buying shoes, make sure they feel good and have enough room for your toes.
  • Do not wear shoes with pointed toes or high heels often. They put too much pressure on your toes.
  • Buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet are the largest so that you can find the best fit.


Medicare and other insurance for special footwear

You may need special shoes or shoe inserts to support your feet. Medicare Part B insurance may cover some of the cost of special shoes or inserts. Ask your doctor if your insurance plan will pay for:

  • Depth shoes or inserts. Depth shoes look like walking shoes, but have more room in them. The extra room is for different shaped feet and toes, or for inserts made to fit your feet.
  • Custom molded shoes with inserts.

Ask your doctor or foot doctor how you can get this special footwear.


How to outfit your feet every day

  • Wear shoes and socks at all times. Do not walk barefoot when indoors or outside. It is easy to step on something and hurt your feet. You may not feel any pain and not know that you hurt yourself.
  • Make sure you wear socks, stockings, or nylons with your shoes to keep from getting blisters and sores.
  • Choose clean, lightly padded socks that fit well. Socks that have no seams are best.
  • Check inside your shoes before you put them on. Make sure the lining is smooth and that there are no objects in your shoes.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet.


Published February 12, 2015.


Source: National Diabetes Education Program. August 1, 2012

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