Why Diabetic Shoes Are So Special:
- Diabetic shoes are extra deep to accommodate special insoles or orthotics.
- They have a built in firm heel counter to provide medial and lateral rear foot stability.
- The toe box of the shoe is higher so there is plenty of room for toes (even ones that like to stick up like hammertoes).
- There is little to no stitching on the inside of a Diabetic shoe. The stitching is on the outside. Sometimes even the smallest prominence can irritate and cause skin breakdown- especially in a diabetic foot.
- The collar around the ankle of the shoe is padded. The tongue of an Diabetic shoe is thick and padded to help secure the foot back in the shoe.
- The end of the toe box of the shoe is protective to keep toes from being hurt when stubbed.
- Diabetic shoes have a non-skid sole to prevent falls.
- They are specially fitted by measuring the length and width of your foot.
- They can also equipped with a special multi-density insoles that prevents back and forth movement (also known as sheering) of the foot in the shoe. A Diabetic shoe isn’t really an Diabetic shoe without this insole.