Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers: 10 Best Shoes For Diabetics

Did you know that Medicare has covered therapeutic footwear and insoles for patients at risk for ulceration since 1995? Surprisingly, fewer than 3% of those eligible receive the benefit, reports Internal Medicine News

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“This is a simple, low-tech, very effective intervention that we don’t do,” said Dr. Lavery of the department of surgery at Texas A&M University, Temple. He adds that about 20% of foot ulcers are triggered by ill-fitting shoes, mostly among women. Here we discuss 10 of the best shoes for diabetics that can help you prevent diabetic foot ulcers.

1. Propet Stability Walker ($79.95)

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Ideal for hikers and avid walkers, the Stability Walker is brushed with a Nylon lining, has leather uppers, an internal heel counter, a padded tongue and collar, and removable orthotic cushions. Note the roomy toe box!

2. New Balance WW927 ($77.95)

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This motion control walking shoe is for walkers who want better control and comfort. It is available in wider sizes, contains a compression-molded sole for flexible cushioning, features a special shock absorption system, and includes a Lightning Dry lining to wick away moisture. This shoe is Medicare approved!

3. Propet Maxi-Grip ($93)

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This Medicare-approved shoe features lacing to adjust the fit, padded tongue and collar, external/internal heel counters for added support, a moisture-wicking leather lining, a removable cushioned footbed that reduces leg and foot fatigue, and a high-grip sole for better traction.

4. Aetrex Men’s Conform Lace Oxford ($129.95)

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These Oxford-style dress shoes for diabetics include a comfortable Plastazote foam lining that molds to the foot, a high toe box, multiple removable insoles, a rocker sole for added stability, excellent collar padding, and an internal heel counter.

5. Drew Shoe Men’s Rockford Boot ($215.86)

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Although a little on the pricey side, these everyday man’s work boots are built with diabetics in mind, with a slip-resistant outsole, waterproof lining and leather upper, a built-in heel cushion, removable foot beds, and added room to accommodate custom orthotics. (Note: Reviewers say there is great stability, but the foot bed is not all that comfortable, so you would want to put your orthotics in these.)

6. Dr Comfort Shoes Carmen Women’s Classic Heel Dress Shoe ($180)

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Shoe features include: extra depth for orthotics, a moisture-wicking leather lining, a protective toe box, heel counter, padded heel collar and tongue, and no-skid outsole.

7. OrthoFeet 641 ($128.95)

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Reports are favorable for this Medicare-approved shoe, with reviewers praising the comfort, stability, and customized fit. Features include innovative stretch panels, moldable insoles, extra width and depth, added cushioning, a soft fabric lining, roomy toe box, and two sets of removable spacers.

8. Hush Puppies Network ($135)

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This stylish diabetic shoe features waterproofing, lightweight construction, a gel heel, soft sole, and a roomy toe box. The shoes themselves are durable, but some reviewers say the laces leave a little to be desired.

9. Drew Shoe Alicia Pumps ($165.96)

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The Alicia Dress Shoes feature a classic look, have a removable gel insole, added depth to fit orthotics, extra shock-absorption, a firm heel counter, and low heels for better comfort and stability.

10. New Balance MW928 ($129.95)

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The MW928 features breathable leather, a Lightning Dry liner, a removable foam insert, foam-padded collar, a cushioned heel, compression technology, and a stabilizing roller bar.

The Bottom Line On Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention:

Visit the Medicare website for more information on how to get Medicare to cover the cost of the best diabetic shoes. Also, be sure to purchase a SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer to keep your new footwear free from bacteria, fungus and other infection-causing microbes. Fresh, sanitary, orthotic shoes are one of the easiest ways to prevent diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and amputation.

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