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I have diabetes. Are there any special socks or shoes I should get to protect my feet?

You are right to be concerned about diabetes-related foot problems. Many people with diabetes do not realize that they are at increased risk for infection, nerve damage, or even amputation if their disease affects blood flow to their feet and toes.

As Media foot specialists, we can offer some footwear recommendations for diabetics. There are no specific brands of shoes or socks that can guarantee the safety of your feet, of course, but you can give your feet extra protection by taking the following steps:

  • Always wear well-fitting slippers around the house. Slippers with rubber or leather soles prevent slipping and protect your feet from cuts and stubbed toes.
  • Wear socks with your shoes. Socks will help you avoid blisters and thereby decrease your risk for infection.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Buy only shoes that have a low heel and are not too tight, and wear them around the house for an hour or so at a time when you first get them.
  • Inspect your footwear. Before you put on new shoes or socks, feel along the inside of the toe area and inside seams to make sure there are no rough edges or sharp objects that could cut or irritate your foot.


At Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates, our Phoenixville foot care professionals treat more than just your feet. We examine your overall health, including your diet, your lifestyle and what you’re doing to prevent injuries. That way, we can develop a course of treatment that works best for you.

Our Philadelphia podiatrists would be happy to set up a consultation for you at either of our convenient locations. Call our Media office at 610-565-3668 or our Phoenixville office at 610-933-8644 to get started.

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