Diabetes can impact peoples’ health and well-being in many ways, among them causing their feet to be sensitive. To make sure feet are well protected, there is a range of therapeutic shoe options with comfort features designed to keep the wearer safe from injury due to conditions including neuropathy, ulcers and even athlete’s foot. For starters, many of are designed with extra depth to accommodate custom orthotics. Styles with soft uppers can prevent sores and injuries from developing, while shock-absorbing soles help relieve underfoot pressure. When self-fitting, make sure there’s enough wiggle room at the toe area and check for length so feet are not cramped or slip when walking. It’s also best to try shoes on in the middle of the day when feet tend to swell and consider the hosiery being worn for a more precise fit. Read on to find the best fit for your feet without a visit to the shoe store.
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1. Dr. Comfort Performance-X Shoe
This performance-inspired athletic style fits a wide range of foot types with its extended size and width range, while also accommodating custom orthotics.
Pros: A wide toe box allows for freedom of movement, while the sturdy, yet flexible outsole delivers enhanced underfoot support. There’s also a free pair of gel insoles included.
Cons: The tip of the shoe may wear down quickly and the extra pair of bungee laces may not stay securely fastened.
2. Orthofeet Extended-Width Slip-On
This work-to-weekend style incorporates an anatomical cushioned footbed with arch support, padded lining for softness around the foot, and extended widths. It also certified by Medicare and qualifies under code A5500 of the Diabetic Shoe Bill.
Pros: Orthofeet provides two pairs of spacer inserts to adjust interior shoe depth for a customized fit. They are also lightweight for those standing on their feet all day and can be worn casually or dressy.
Cons: These may fit narrow.
3. Propet Connelly Walking Shoe
This extra-depth rugged walking shoe comes with a removable footbed for customization and durable rubber sole for longevity.
Pros: Extended widths accommodate super-wide feet, while the double Velcro straps allow for easy access. The leather upper is dressy enough for off-road wear.
Cons: Narrow at the toe box and straps are too long to close tightly.