Complications from diabetes include the possibility of your feet suffering from nerve damage, which means you can develop ulcers or infections without realizing until the damage has become severe. Wearing depth shoes can be a good way of dealing with this.
What are depth shoes?
These are shoes that are designed to take account of the fact that your feet are more vulnerable than those of people who don’t have diabetes. After examining your feet, your podiatrist will be able to prescribe the type of shoes that are the most suitable for you.
- Depth shoes are usually wider and deeper in fit than regular shoes, although they can still look modern and stylish.
- They have almost no internal seams, to help minimize rubbing and blisters, and are made of breathable fabric to avoid the build-up of moisture.
How can you get them?
It’s important to have your feet properly assessed if you have diabetes because of the risk badly-fitting shoes can pose to your health. Buying depth shoes over the Internet is a bad idea, since they won’t have been designed specifically for your feet. Visiting a podiatrist will ensure you get a high standard of care.
- Your podiatrist can also supply custom-molded orthotics for your depth shoes. These will ensure that your feet are properly supported and protected.
How can they help?
Depth shoes help to keep your feet under as little pressure as possible. Typically minor conditions, such as blisters and corns, can develop into more serious conditions in diabetics because they may not feel the pain and discomfort. Wearing depth shoes can minimize the risk of such problems developing.
- Their wide, roomy fit will help to prevent rubbing or irritation. Usually, depth shoes have a padded ankle collar and tongue.
- They are designed to reduce the chances of your skin becoming damaged, and so keep the risk of ulcers and other problems to a minimum.