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Best Shoes for Diabetics

Precision Engineered Shoes for Improved Circulation for Diabetics

If you or a loved one experiences diabetes, you will—at some point—experience foot pain or discomfort brought on by complications from diabetes. Peripheral diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) and peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation) are two key diabetes symptoms that can cause pain, tingling, and numbness or loss of feeling in the feet.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help alleviate painful diabetic foot symptoms and prevent future issues. Even simple adjustments, such as choosing more supportive footwear, can make a substantial difference in improving circulation and effectively managing overall foot health.

Orthopedic footwear is a great option for diabetics, especially styles that are designed to address common diabetic foot conditions. Diabetic shoes can help you manage conditions and take better care of your feet, while keeping small injuries from becoming full-blown health crises.

Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Diabetic Feet

What Are Diabetic Feet?

The term “diabetic feet” refers to diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of neuropathy found in diabetics. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy affects your peripheral nervous system—all the nerves outside your brain and spine, including your sensory nerves. Symptoms are often first felt in the feet and legs.

Diabetic neuropathy in the feet can lead to ulcers and sores that do not heal. Seemingly harmless cuts, blisters, and sores can go unnoticed due to loss of feeling. Then they become seriously infected as poor circulation slows down or even prevents healing. In extreme cases, this can lead to amputation of a toe or the entire foot. Other diabetic foot problems include athlete’s foot, calluses, blisters, bunions, dry skin, foot ulcers, hammertoes and ingrown toenails.

Here are some features to look for when choosing the right diabetic shoes for you:

  • Level shoes: Avoid shoes that are entirely flat as well as those with high heels. Ideally, foot pressure should be evenly distributed across the footbed.
  • Soft insoles: Soft insoles will help with cushion to enhance comfort.
  • Wide toe box: Give your toes more room to spread out to avoid developing conditions like hammer toe, bunions, corns, or calluses. A generous toe box can also improve your balance, and help maintain proper alignment of the ankle, knee, hips, and spine.
  • Lightweight: Heavy shoes can lead to discomfort and make it difficult to spend lengthy periods of time on your feet.
  • Well-fitted: The right diabetic shoes can help with loss of circulation to the feet to help prevent numbness and tingling.

Top Selling Shoes for Diabetic Feet

Our Customer Favorites

"Great shoes!!
I bought a new pair of Chicane wide shoes and I love them. I am still breaking them, but am sure they will be great. I bought 2 pairs within the last year, and only wear these shoes. I have diabetic neuropathy, and my feet fight with my shoes. These are the only shoes that I can wear, and my feet are actually great. Try them if you have feet problems. They solved my problem."
-hjkeil
"Excellent Shoes for Diabetics
I bought my first pair of Quantum shoes several months ago and I’ve been so happy with them that I just bought a second pair. The mesh top allows air to circulate plus the big toe box gives my feet lots of room. There has been a noticeable decrease in foot ulcers."
-MyKidzATM

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Diabetic Feet Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about the symptoms, causes and complications of diabetic feet.

Diabetes occurs when the body does not make or use enough insulin. Without insulin, glucose stays in the body and can lead to high levels of blood sugar levels. Over time those elevated levels can cause nerve damage and a decrease in blood flow, particularly in the legs and feet. The reduced circulation can make it harder for your body to fight infections, leading to cuts and lacerations in the feet that heal poorly.

The symptoms of diabetic foot pain can be more intense at night and include:

  • Loss of feeling, tingling or numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Shooting or radiating pain
  • Frequent foot ulcers
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Cuts and wounds that heal slowly or not at all

Poor circulation makes it difficult for oxygen and blood to flow to these small wounds, which can lead to infections that may spread to other parts of the body.

Diabetic neuropathy can be diagnosed through a physical exam in combination with specific tests. A physical exam will look at your muscle tone and strength, tendon reflexes, and sensitivity to touch and vibration.


Diabetic Feet Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about diabetic feet.
Read on to find out more!

  • Approximately 50% of diabetics will experience some type of foot pain.
  • Although nerve damage (neuropathy) is irreversible, consistently managing your blood sugar levels can lower your risk of developing further nerve damage.
  • Smoking cigarettes reduces blood flow to the legs and feet, making diabetics who smoke more susceptible to foot ulcers, infections, and amputation.
  • You can better manage your diabetic foot symptoms (and help reduce neuropathy pain) by eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet that includes fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Moderate daily exercise can help regulate your blood sugar and increase your blood flow and circulation—keeping your heart healthy and your extremities flooded with oxygen-rich blood. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist on the best exercise options for you.
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Diabetic Feet Treatment

When diabetes is diagnosed, it’s crucial for patients to learn about diabetic foot care. Here are common factors that can lead to complications in the lower limbs, along with available treatment options.

Ideally, you should have your feet checked by your doctor annually—or more often if other problems arise. Your doctor may prescribe anti-seizure medications, anti-inflammatory medications, and antidepressants to help with pain management.

There are also lifestyle changes that may help control your symptoms, including physical therapy to build strength in the lower legs and feet. In some cases, surgical treatment may be needed to remove dead tissue or to stop an infection from spreading in the feet. Sometimes, stents can be placed to encourage blood flow.

No matter your treatment plan, an at-home foot care regimen is an integral part of giving diabetic feet the care and attention they need:

  • Check your feet daily for blisters, sores, bruises, redness, swelling, or cracked and peeling skin.
  • Wash your feet with lukewarm water and mild soap every day. Avoid soaking your feet and dry them thoroughly—especially between your toes.
  • Moisturize your feet to prevent cracking, but try to avoid getting moisturizer in between your toes because this could cause fungal growth.
  • Cut your toenails straight instead of curved. Then use a nail file to file down any sharp edges.
  • Put on clean, dry socks every day. Wear socks made of cotton or material that draws moisture away from your skin. Avoid socks with thick seams or tight bands that could cause pressure, irritation, or friction.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and provide comfort and support. Therapeutic shoes that provide shock absorption or added padding can also reduce pain from diabetic neuropathy, especially if you have bone or joint pain. Ensure that your diabetic shoes fit snugly but still have enough room in the toe area to avoid corns and calluses.
  • Avoid going barefoot.

Because the symptoms of diabetic feet vary in intensity from person to person, it’s important to collaborate closely with your doctor to establish the best treatment plan for your needs.

Why Others With Diabetic Feet Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"The shoe I've always wanted!

Type 1 diabetic with foot pain and neuropathy, knee and ankle problems from years of exercise, and born with bunions! These shoes fixed all my problem areas. Immediate relief and no rubbing or blistering. First shoe that really fit my feet, and they look stylish without the orthopedic “astronaut” look. I don’t want to take them off when I get home! I am a customer for life! This is the only shoe for me. Thank you Kuru!"
-Erinbecknc

"Wow, real comfort for a pair of diabetic feet!

Concerned about the initial investment outlay of these Kuru shoes? My advise: Dont be! I bought my first Kuru a couple years back, and wore it out (best investment ever in daily exercise walks, very comfortable) so I bought a second, and yup, same comfort was the determination, even years later so invested into my most recent third pair...Guess what? Im gonna buy a 4th pair without qualm real soon!"
-roadie

"Number ONE BEST of shoes I have ever worn!

Since about 6 months ago, I was desperate to find a shoe that, at the end of the day, my feet weren’t killing me. I tried multiple high-end shoes, each promising “happy-feel-good” feet, but to no avail! I friend suggested Kuru’s, saying she now owns 4 pair, and she’ll never own any other shoe-brand again. So I started with woman’s Quantum size 8 wide. I’ve got arthritis in both feet, multiple hammer toes, diabetes. Once they arrived, onto my feet they went, and OMG!!! NO PAIN at end of my day!!!! Having suffered foot pain for so long, then suddenly NONE, my feet felt as if they’d gone to heaven (well, almost!). I now own 3 pairs of Kuru’s, and my husband has purchased a pair of men’s Quantum wide, and he swears these are the best shoes he’s ever worn, too! Thank you to the creators of these fantastic shoes!!!!"
-Bobbi69

FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What are signs of diabetic feet?

It’s important to know the signs of diabetic feet so you can get the care you need in a timely manner.
You might have diabetic feet if you experience the following:

  • Changes in skin color or temperature
  • Swelling in feet or ankles
  • Leg pain
  • Slow healing foot sores
  • Ingrown toenails, or toenail fungus
  • Dry skin and cracks in the foot, especially on or near your heel
  • Unusual or persistent foot odor

How do I care for diabetic feet?

Your diabetic feet need attention and care, every single day.
If you take good care of your feet, you can prevent small issues from turning into more serious problems.
To make sure your feet are getting the care they need, do the following every day:

  • Wash and dry feet. Apply lotion or petroleum jelly after drying your feet to prevent dry skin. Dust your clean, dry feet with non-medicinal foot powder before putting on socks and shoes. This keeps the feet dry and prevents moisture buildup.
  • Inspect your feet daily. Check your feet for sores, bumps, bruises, scrapes, or cracked skin. Also check for temperature changes, redness, or tenderness in the skin. Reach out to your doctor if you notice any sores or issues. Early detection is key.
  • Maintain your toenails. Check your toenails every day. Keep them trimmed and clean. Don’t let toenails grow into the skin of the toe, as this can cause ingrown toenails and infection.
  • Wear supportive footwear and clean socks. Wear well-fitting shoes, and never go barefoot. At home, wear hard-soled slippers to prevent sores or injury from stepping on small objects or uneven surfaces. Change your socks every day.

How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs.
That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology.

Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per
day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

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