Feet come in all different shapes and sizes. When you mix in all the different foot ailments, bunions, hammertoes, edema, etc., it can be tough to find a pair of shoes that properly fit a patient, especially if they are diabetic.To accommodate these ailments, many companies offer a “stretchable” shoe. The shoe is constructed from a variety of materials, most using a stretch material from the midfoot through the toe box. This material will have significantly more give to it than your typical leather shoe would, which allows for a more comfortable fit, as opposed to having the patient’s foot uncomfortably “jammed into the shoe.” Ultimately, by wearing a shoe that has this stretchability, there is a significant reduction in sheering or rubbing, and thus, risk of blisters or sores.
At Anodyne, we do things a little differently when it comes to stretch shoes. Instead of using a lycra material, we use a stretchable poly urethane (Stretch PU). What makes this material better than your typical lycra or neoprene shoe, is the look and the ability to clean it.
The shoe maintains its ability to stretch, but looks just like leather, which leads to a higher rate of patient compliance and a better chance of preventing foot complications. Additionally, the Stretch PU is significantly more water resistant and durable than your standard lycra material.
For those tough to fit feet, your first option should always be a stretch shoe. To see Anodyne’s offerings and the rest of our line check out our website, www.anodyneshoes.com.
Diabetic shoes don’t have to look like diabetic shoes.