I have always had wide feet and a high instep, so when my feet started aching for no reason, I headed to the doctor to see what was up. It turned out my arches had fallen, which often happens in menopause.
Once you enter menopause, you’ll notice several changes in your feet. Feet are usually longer and wider, the protective fat pad on the bottom of your feet thins out, and you can’t absorb as much impact as when you were younger.
If you’re diabetic, you need a shoe that is comfortable and protects your feet from corns and calluses that can develop into painful sores. If these sores become infected, you may lose a limb.
Here are five benefits of wearing diabetic shoes:
It’s tempting to just go online and order diabetic shoes, but diabetic shoes are custom-made just for you, so you want a trained professional to determine the correct size and fit.
Proper Padding and Support
Diabetic shoes provide extra padding and support that decreases the irregular pressures on the bottom of your feet.
Wide Toe Box
You can’t walk properly if you feel like your toes are cramped. A wide toe box also prevents the top of the shoe from rubbing sores or blisters on the toes.
If you qualify for Medicare, you can often have diabetic shoes covered under the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill, which was passed by Congress in 1993. However, many private insurers also cover the cost of diabetic shoes and inserts.
I remember the days when custom-made shoes were so ugly that you would look better wearing the shoe box. Now, there are athletic shoes, dressy shoes, sandals, and slippers. If you have trouble with tying your shoes, Velcro straps make the process a lot easier.
These shoes are also available in a wide variety of colors, so they can pair well with what you are wearing.
What has been your experience with diabetic shoes?