The Importance of Diabetic Shoes

Proper and continuous foot care can positively impact the feet, ankle and lower legs of a person that suffers from diabetes. One of the most common foot problems that diabetic patients face is diabetic foot ulcers. These foot ulcers or open sores mainly occur on the bottom of the foot and are often caused by pressure from shoes that don’t fit correctly. Because many diabetics suffer from neuropathy or nerve damage, they lose their ability to feel pain in their feet. Therefore, they may not even realize their shoes have caused a wound on their foot. Diabetic shoes decrease the risk of diabetic foot ulcers, thus reducing the risk of amputations. Properly fitted diabetic shoes offer support and protection that minimize the impact on high-pressure areas of the foot.

At Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates, we offer a comprehensive team approach for our diabetic shoe and custom bracing program that includes our skilled physicians and a certified orthotist and pedorthist. We offer many types of diabetic shoes and will work with your insurance on eligibility and authorization. Some of the types of diabetic shoes we offer include:

  • Shoes with extra room offering expanded depth so that feet have more room to move
  • Healing shoes that have modifications like open toes or sides
  • Custom shoes created using a mold of your feet
  • Orthotics that modify your existing shoes to provide shock absorption and relieve pressure

We offer a wide selection of footwear for patients that positively impact foot health and look great! Don’t underestimate the importance of the proper diabetic shoe on your feet and minimizing amputations. Take a step in the right direction and call our office today at 732-838-FEET to make an appointment with one of our skilled physicians and our certified orthotist to get you on track with a new pair of diabetic shoes.