Ahh, the conundrum ... diabetes, walking, diabetic walking shoes. And you really want to enjoy walking.
How do you choose the right shoes? Is fitness walking even a possibility for you?
The short answer is - 'Maybe' with the odd 'IF' thrown in for good measure.
The first 'IF'
If you take the time to do some thorough research and know the details of what to look for in your diabetic walking shoes and diabetic socks, your likelihood of success is high.
WARNING This page has a LOT of information and is a bit long. Take your time. Read it all. Your feet will be the better for it as you walk.
Before we go any further, have you visited Diabetic Foot Pain and Walking? That is excellent background material.
Where To Start
First, see your doctor or foot health professional who specializes in diabetic foot care. Your foot care is just too important to 'wing it'. Tell her your plans. See what precautions she suggests.
Does she advise walking knowing your condition? Does she suggest other factors along with ours?
You know that with diabetes, you are at greater risk of having foot problems. You know that it can lead to foot health complications.
When you choose the right diabetic walking shoes now, they can go a long way to help prevent those problems...even if your feet don't hurt right now.
Look For Shoes That...
Relieve the pressure on your feet.
Fit your foot shape.
Reduce foot shock and sideways foot movement
Help limit the motion of foot joints.
Make sure they feel right on your feet.
Have good lacing control options
The Importance Of Wearing Proper Socks
You really do need to wear socks that are properly designed to provide additional foot padding to ease stress, shear and shock forces on your feet. Ideally you should be looking for therapeutic socks designed specifically for diabetes foot issues.
There's one company we know that has been doing that for over 50 years - Thorlos Socks.
Should you suffer from diabetes foot, Thorlos Socks has suggestions and possible solutions for you as well.
We recommend you start on this page and read the background information on these specialty socks. (Click on the Learn More tab).
Then before you decide to purchase take advantage of the Free Consultation below.
You are also welcome to visit their non-profit website called Institute For Preventive Foot Health for much more info on foot care.
Drew Shoes is one of the oldest, most highly regarded maker of reputable arthritic and diabetes* walking shoes. They put over 135 years of experience in to each shoe. Their shoes consistently score very high marks with their customers.
* You'll often see these type of shoes referred to as Arthritis Shoe, Diabetes Shoes or Therapeutic Walking Shoes'. They are to all intents and purposes the same. There's a high degree of similarity in the two foot problems. Even manufacturers use the terms interchangeably.
Do You Need A Pedorthist?
Huh? What is a pedorthist you say? A pedorthist is a board-certified professional who is trained in the proper assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot wear and foot appliances.
Do you have a history of foot ulcers, changes in your foot structure or numbness in your feet (called neuropathy)? If so you should have your shoes fitted by a pedorthist.
Folks who have lost feeling in their feet have a tendency to buy diabetic shoes that are too tight. It might 'feel' right to them because they needed more 'snugness' to make them 'feel' normal. In reality they are over compensating because of that numbness. The result? Shoes that are likely too small and too tight. They very likely will cause problems
Do You Need Specialized Shoes?
You have diabetes feet. You know that you can have many different things that are unique and challenging with your feet. You may need to have specialized shoes prescribed by a doctor who specializes in diabetic foot issues. Here's a mini-glossary of some of the prescription foot wear available to you.
External shoe modifications
...can be made to the outside of the shoe too. Change the shape or the sole or add shock absorbing or stabilizing materials.
Custom made shoes
In some cases you may need to consider
having custom diabetic walking shoes made. You may not be able to find a
proper fit for your feet. In this case you should consider seeing a
doctor who specializes in diabetic feet issues or a pedorthist.
A pedorthist is a board-certified professional who is trained in the proper assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot wear and foot appliances.
These links may help you find someone in your area.
You've checked out your diabetic shoe needs with your doctor, pedorthist or diabetic foot wear professional. You have been able to get good diabetic shoes that work best for you.
Now you're ready to try a little walking. Good work. That's just great stuff!
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