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History of Diabetic Shoes

Posted by Lindsey Kanter, RDN on Jul 11, 2023 7:56:02 AM
Lindsey Kanter, RDN

Diabetic Shoe

Over the years, the design and construction of diabetic shoes has continued to evolve. Today, diabetic shoes are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. They are also available in a variety of sizes and widths to accommodate the needs of people with all different foot shapes and sizes.

Diabetic shoes are specially designed shoes that are intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with existing foot disease and relieve pressure to prevent diabetic foot ulcers. They are typically made with soft, flexible materials that provide a good fit and support, and they often have features such as extra-depth, wide toe boxes, and light weight outsoles.

The history of diabetic shoes dates back to the early 1900s, when doctors began to recognize the importance of proper footwear for people with diabetes. In the early days, diabetic shoes were designed to provide comfort and support to people with diabetes.

Here are some of the key milestones in the history of diabetic shoes:

    • 1910: Dr. Henry J. Himes publishes a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which he describes the importance of wearing shoes that fit well and provide good support for people with diabetes. He also recommends that people with diabetes avoid wearing shoes that are too tight, have high heels, or have pointed toes.
    • 1920s: Dr. William J. Mayo, a pioneer in the field of diabetes care, begins to prescribe special shoes for his patients with diabetes. These shoes were made with soft, flexible materials and had extra-depth toe boxes to accommodate the deformities that often develop in the feet of people with diabetes.
    • 1950s: The first commercial diabetic shoes are introduced. These shoes were made with a variety of materials, including leather, canvas, and rubber. They also had a variety of features, including extra-depth toe boxes, cushioned soles, and removable inserts.
    • 1970s: The design and construction of diabetic shoes begins to evolve. Shoes are made with more durable materials and have more advanced features, such as custom-molded orthotics and built-in air cushions.
    • 1990s: Diabetic shoes become more mainstream. They are available in a wider variety of styles and colors, and they are sold in more retail stores.
    • 2000s: Diabetic shoes continue to evolve. New materials and technologies are developed, and shoes are designed to meet the specific needs of people with diabetes.

Today, diabetic shoes are an important part of foot care for people with diabetes. They help to reduce the risk of skin breakdown, foot ulcers, and amputation. If you have diabetes, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether or not diabetic shoes are right for you.



Topics: Diabetic Shoes, Diabetes Blog, Lifestyle

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