How to Choose the Right Shoes When You Have Diabetes

Written by Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE , Nicole Joseph
Reviewed by Lisa Brown, RD, LD, CDE

A great way to proactively address your diabetes-related foot problems is to make sure that your shoes are comfortable, well-fitting, and protective. Since appropriate shoes can prevent new injuries and stop existing problems from getting worse, proper footwear is important whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for years.

Make sure your shoes:

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While there are many appropriate shoes available in department stores (ask a sales associate about shoes that are both therapeutic and stylish), you may wish to consider custom shoes, particularly if you have a foot deformity or other special foot concerns.  A podiatrist can help determine what is right for you.

Talk to your podiatrist about your shoe needs, and make sure to check with your insurance carrier to see if therapeutic footwear is covered. Additionally, some patients may be eligible for coverage under Medicare’s Therapeutic Shoe Bill which helps people with diabetes cover the cost of some therapeutic shoes and shoe inserts.

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