Unless your feet are misshapen because of bunions or other problems you probably won’t need to buy special shoes just because you have diabetes, however you may have to change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s also important to have your feet measured every time you buy shoes – there should be 1cm of room between the end of your longest toe and the end of your shoe.

For everyday shoes follow these guidelines to help you choose shoes that are a good all round fit:

  • Wide fitting with closed, rounded or square toes and closed in heels
  • Low heels – choose heels no more than 2cm high
  • Firmly held on to prevent your feet from sliding about
  • Breathable material – like leather, or specially made breathable fabrics
  • Smooth with no rough seams on the inside of the shoe
  • Cushioned insoles
  • Sturdy soles

When you’re at home try to wear shoes rather than slippers as shoes offer your feet the best protection. If you do wear slippers choose a pair that give your feet support and protection.

If your feet change shape, for example if you develop a bunion, then you may need custom made shoes. Your podiatrist can give you advice on how to buy these.


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