Diabetes affects the immune and circulation systems. This weakens the body’s capacity to heal itself. Diabetes can also injure sensory nerves in your feet. The risk of developing a large range of foot-related problems can increase with nerve damage and poor circulation.
Small foot problems can turn into more serious problems or infections that could lead to amputation if left untreated. It is important to watch for complications, including ulcers, corns, bunions, dry skin, cracked heels, calluses, hammertoes, blisters, and ingrown toenails.
Key features of Diabetic footwear include soft uppers with minimal seams, deep/wide toe boxes to reduce abnormal pressure, firm but cushioned soles, removable insoles, a strong heel counter, and a rockered sole.