Which shoes to choose?
Approximately 1.8 million people in the UK have diabetes and a further one million have the condition but are unaware that they do. People with diabetes are unable to regulate the levels of glucose in their blood. Diabetes may be controlled by diet, medication or daily injections of insulin. Good control of diabetes is vital to prevent long term complications.

The feet may be affected in two ways – the circulation of blood to the feet may be reduced, impairing healing and increasing the chances of infection and the nerves that give sensation may be damaged. The feet may be numb and changes to their structure may occur, such as an increase in arch height or clawing of the toes. The choice of shoes is very important, as potential problems may be avoided by wearing the right type.

Choose shoes that have plenty of internal space and a soft upper to prevent pressure on the toes and joints. A lace or fastening will hold the foot securely and prevent excess movement. A sole that provides good shock absorption is ideal. Smooth internal seams are essential.
Secret of comfort
There are numerous conditions which affect the feet, and it’s important that you wear the right style of shoe depending on your symptoms. These pages should act as a guideline as each case will be different.  Please always consult your podiatrist if you have any concerns regarding the health of your feet.