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Diabetic Shoes Specialist

Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC

Podiatry located in Mesquite, TX, Wylie, TX, Forney, TX & Kaufman, TX

Because diabetes leads to slow-healing wounds, nerve damage, and decreased blood flow, among other issues, diabetic shoes are important preventive solutions. The skilled podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, which has locations in Mesquite, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, can help you get fitted for comfortable diabetic shoes to protect your feet. If you’ve ever considered diabetic shoes or simply need to replace an existing pair, schedule a visit online or over the phone with the clinic nearest you today.

Diabetic Shoes Q & A

What are diabetic shoes?

Diabetic footwear is uniquely designed to address common concerns diabetics face. For instance, your skin thins and breaks down when you have diabetes. 

Plus, your blood circulation decreases. These issues can increase your chances of developing a serious foot wound that can become ulcerated and lead to an infection (even an amputation).

Diabetic shoes contain specific materials and features to prevent foot conditions. These specialized shoes have:

  • Protective interiors
  • Lightweight, cushioning soles
  • Extra depth and a deep toe box

Diabetic shoes are also known for being stretchable. They easily conform to your unique foot contours and eliminate problematic pressure points. 

Why are diabetic shoes important?

The Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists podiatrists help you get fitted for diabetic shoes that are comfortable and protective but also support your lifestyle and activity level. 

Wearing diabetic shoes every day is important to prevent foot wounds, avoid nerve damage, reduce risk of corns and calluses, and support foot deformities or damage. 

Some types of diabetic shoes are beneficial for off-loading pressure to help you heal if you have a foot ulcer or are recovering from foot surgery. Some of the foot surgeries that diabetic patients often have include:

  • Charcot reconstruction and limb salvage
  • Severe bunion surgery
  • Deformity correction related to car, motorcycle, and lake accidents
  • Toe reconstruction to address rheumatoid arthritis joint damage
  • Webbed toe surgery
  • Hammertoe surgery

After these surgeries, and all diabetic foot surgeries, wearing your diabetic shoes daily is the best way to protect your feet and whole-body health as you recover. 

How can I get diabetic shoes?

When you have diabetes, regular diabetic foot exams are an important part of your preventive care. During these exams, your podiatrist may talk with you about diabetic shoes and help you select which type may be best for your needs.

To fit you for diabetic shoes, your podiatrist takes measurements of your feet while you’re standing. They need to gather details about the length, width, and height of each of your feet to determine which size and style is going to be most beneficial for you. 

If needed, your podiatrist can even help you order custom-made diabetic shoes or orthotic inserts, which are specially fabricated just for you.

Your podiatrist at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists can help you with the ordering process, too. In many cases, insurance covers a portion or all of the cost of diabetic shoes, so your out-of-pocket cost may be minimal. 

Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC measures your feet and helps you select comfortable, fashion-forward diabetic shoes. Schedule your fitting online or over the phone with any office.