Advice about your footwear
Diabetes is a lifelong condition which can cause foot problems. Some of these problems can occur because the nerves and blood vessels supplying your feet are damaged. This can affect:
These changes can be very gradual and you may not notice them. This is why it is important that every year you have your feet screened by a suitably-trained professional or assessed by a podiatrist. You can then agree on a treatment plan to suit your needs. This leaflet gives you advice about wearing the most appropriate shoes, taking into account the shape of your feet and your diabetes.
Unsuitable shoes or shoes that don't fit properly are the most common cause of foot problems in people with diabetes.
Buying new shoes
Signs of wear and tear
Check your shoes for signs of wear, such as rough edges in seams or linings, and worn soles or heels. Always check your shoes are in good condition and replace them whenever there are signs of wear and tear that can't be repaired.
If you have been supplied with shoes, they will have been made to a prescription. You should follow the instructions your orthotist (the person who made your shoes) or podiatrist gives you. At first you should wear the shoes for short periods around your home, checking for any problems such as redness caused by rubbing or pressure. If this occurs, you should contact your podiatrist or orthotist immediately.
When you and the person who prescribed your shoes are happy with the comfort and fit of the first pair, you will be supplied with a second pair. These should be the only shoes you wear.
Shoes will normally be prescribed with insoles. These are an important part of your footwear and you should only remove them if your podiatrist advises you to. It is important that you check the inside of your shoes every day to make sure no small objects have fallen in, and that no damage has occurred to the insole or lining.
If you notice any wear to the shoes, you should contact your orthotist or podiatrist.
Whoever provided your shoes will carry out all repairs or alterations to make sure that they still match your prescription.
Socks, stockings and tights
You should always change your socks, stockings or tights every day. They should not have bulky seams and they should not have elasticated tops. Some high-street shops sell suitable products - ask your podiatrist for details. All your socks, stockings and tights should be the right size for your feet.
Remember: if you are not sure about any shoes, socks, stockings or tights you are wearing, or new shoes you have bought, your podiatrist will be happy to advise you.
|Date last reviewed: 07/08/2015 ( to be reviewed by 07/08/2016 )|
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