Diabetes Mellitus is a medical condition in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are consistently too high. Glucose is needed to supply the body with energy. Diabetes occurs when the body does not make any insulin or does not use enough of it. It is a life-long, chronic health condition that requires ongoing maintenance and monitoring....Learn more
Diabetes can be a debilitating condition when a body does not properly process sugars in the blood. This could be due to a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to respond appropriately to the present insulin.
Wearing the right footwear is an essential part of an overall treatment regimen to minimize the effects of diabetes on your body.
Common Foot Conditions and Symptoms Diabetics Face
If left untreated, diabetes causes several health problems. These can range from eye, gum, and skin issues to more severe concerns such as heart problems.
Diabetes can also affect feet in several ways. Two primary conditions that lead to an increased risk of foot problems for people with diabetes are peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
The following foot ailments are not unique to a diabetic patient, but they may happen more frequently due to neuropathy and PAD:
- Calluses – left untreated, they can produce ulcers
- Dry and cracked skin – occurs when nerves that control oils and moisture in your foot no longer work
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar fasciitis
- Fungal infections – including athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)
- Foot ulcers – often caused by foot deformities
- Hammertoes and claw feet – bent toes due to weakened muscles
- Pes cavus – a high arch that does not flatten when weight is added
- Charcot foot – when diabetes weakens bones to the point that they break.
- Gangrene – dry gangrene occurs when tissue dies due to a lack of blood circulation. Wet gangrene occurs when this is accompanied by a bacterial infection.
- Amputation – a lack of blood flow desensitizes nerves making it harder to diagnose foot injuries. Some injuries produce infections that don’t heal, leading to gangrene and often amputation.
Why a Diabetic Shoe Can Help
With many potential health issues related to your feet, if you have diabetes, you must take every possible precaution to address diabetic foot complications proactively.
One of the best ways to do this is to wear a walking shoe specifically designed for diabetics. These shoes are made with softer materials, padded lining, a padded collar, larger toe boxes, and more cushioning in the interior parts of the shoe to give feet more room. This minimizes rubbing, abrasions, blisters, infections, and pressure points that can trigger many of the conditions listed above.
Diabetic shoes for men are also made with materials that promote better air circulation to prevent overheating and excess moisture. For example, our ROAM breathes easy with its perforated uppers or the ATOM, which has synthetic uppers, and the mesh is light, airy, and feels ah-mazing!
Cushioned orthotics can also better support feet and relieve pressure points that often lead to foot health complications.
In all cases, men with diabetic foot conditions should refrain from going barefoot to avoid foot injuries. Also, closed-toe diabetic footwear should be worn so that no objects can get trapped in your shoes, resulting in cuts or injuries to your feet.
Diabetic shoes, when used with a sustained walking program, diabetic socks, and Vaseline (for dry and cracking skin), can form the basis of an effective treatment for diabetic foot issues.
Finding the Right Shoe: Features
Here’s are some things to look for when shopping for diabetic shoes for men:
Comfort. It's critical to find orthopedic shoes that will be gentle from your heel to your toes the first time you put them on. While most people go through a break-in period with their regular shoes, diabetics don’t have that luxury. A big part of the comfort factor is making sure there is ample room, so pressure points from swollen feet and other issues do not cause problems.
Breathable. Buy a shoe made from breathable materials. Look for shoes made from canvas, soft mesh, perforated leather, synthetic leather, or other similar materials. Avoid boots or shoes made from hard materials like plastics, reducing air circulation and sealing in heat and moisture.
Removable insole. Many people with diabetes require custom orthotics to enhance support and comfort. If you need a custom orthotic, removable insoles allow you to customize your shoes to best meet your needs.
Adjustable. Your feet may change over time, and it is crucial to have a pair of shoes that can adjust to those changes with minimal effort. Look for shoes that have a long Velcro strap, buckle closures, and stretch laces so you can modify the fit easily. This also promotes stability, which can be further enhanced with a well-cushioned heel and supportive upper parts of the shoes.
Give Your Feet the Comfort They Deserve
If you're a guy who is shopping for a good diabetic walking shoe, dress shoe, or athletic shoe, you have a wide range of choices.
Here’s why we think Kuru is your best option.
Kuru shoes are specifically made to heal your feet. Kuru insoles are precision engineered using a space-age, lightweight memory foam that harnesses body heat and molds it to your heels, arches, and forefoot. You get outstanding support where you need it the most.
Anti-slip rubber outsoles and a broad toe box combine stability and a smart design to protect your feet in warm or cold weather.
Our patented KURUSOLE flexes with your every step, relieving stress with every stride. That means less foot pain, fewer health complications, and a smarter shoe that benefits you.