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Why Do Diabetics Benefit From Diabetic Footwear

Posted by Billy Kanter, CPED on Jan 31, 2023 8:45:22 AM
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Diabetic Footwear

You might have gone to the podiatrist and had them suggest that you buy diabetic shoes. If this is the case, you’re likely wondering why. Why do diabetics benefit from diabetic footwear? We’ll review a few reasons why it’s so useful here.

They’re Made Just for You

Your shoes are fitted properly and made with specific features, while the inserts are generally custom made for your particular foot. Diabetic shoes help protect your feet. This is important since people with diabetes wound easily and take longer to heal. People with diabetes benefit Anodyne's diabetic because it has all the features you need:

  • Light Weight Outsole – all day comfort, increased durability
  • Padded Collar – an alternative to leather, our collars prevent possible irritation where the material meets your ankle
  • Padded Tongue – prevents foot slippage and ensures proper fit
  • Lining – we've designed all styles with the absolute minimum number of seams. By avoiding excess seams, you lower the risk of possible irritation and complication.
  • No Metal – metal can often irritate and damage the skin, and in rare cases, sewing needles and staples may accidentally be left in shoes and, in turn, cause serious damage. Recognizing this potential hazard, we've circumvented any such exposure by eliminating absolutely all metal components from our shoes. In addition, every pair of shoes is run through a metal detector prior to shipping.
  • Antimicrobial Treatment – in order to ensure our shoes are 100% hygienic, we spray the inside of every pair with our proprietary, Anti-microbial Protectant before shipping. This 100% natural, anti-fungal and anti-microbial process naturally reduces 99.9% of germ, virus, and bacteria exposure. 
  • Extra Depth – accommodates for swelling, and placement of orthotic/insert (5/16 in extra depth)
  • Protective Toe Box – protects toes
  • Shank – adds extra support to arch area of shoe
  • Heel Counter – provides maximum foot support by cradling the heel to reduce over-pronation and prevent heel slippage


It Can Prevent Calluses

Calluses occur when skin constantly rubs against the inside of your shoe. Generally, diabetic shoes provide adequate room and a soft lining, which makes calluses far less likely. Since people with diabetes already struggle with foot complications, diabetic footwear is a must. Diabetic footwear helps prevent calluses and offers space for orthotics. Inserts are perfect for supporting your entire foot from heel to toe and encouraging the proper fit, making calluses even less likely.

It Can Prevent Foot Irritation

Individuals with diabetes are more prone to foot complications and slower recovery times, which makes it even more important to select proper fitting diabetic shoes. Many diabetic shoes provide a padded collar and tongue, which helps prevent possible irritation where the material meets your ankle. The padded tongue also prevents foot slippage and ensures the proper fit. Additionally, many diabetic shoes avoid excess seems to lower the risk of irritation leading to complications.

In short, there are a ton of benefits to getting diabetic shoes. We outlined a few here, but there are many more. With that said, if you’re interested in getting diabetic shoes, we have many of them through our Anodyne website. Shop Anodyne today!

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