Did you know that Medicare has covered therapeutic footwear and insoles for patients at risk for ulceration since 1995? Surprisingly, fewer than 3% of those eligible receive the benefit, reports Internal Medicine News.
“This is a simple, low-tech, very effective intervention that we don’t do,” said Dr. Lavery of the department of surgery at Texas A&M University, Temple. He adds that about 20% of foot ulcers are triggered by ill-fitting shoes, mostly among women. Here we discuss 10 of the best shoes for diabetics that can help you prevent diabetic foot ulcers.
1. Propet Stability Walker ($79.95)
Ideal for hikers and avid walkers, the Stability Walker is brushed with a Nylon lining, has leather uppers, an internal heel counter, a padded tongue and collar, and removable orthotic cushions. Note the roomy toe box!
2. New Balance WW927 ($77.95)
This motion control walking shoe is for walkers who want better control and comfort. It is available in wider sizes, contains a compression-molded sole for flexible cushioning, features a special shock absorption system, and includes a Lightning Dry lining to wick away moisture. This shoe is Medicare approved!
3. Propet Maxi-Grip ($93)
This Medicare-approved shoe features lacing to adjust the fit, padded tongue and collar, external/internal heel counters for added support, a moisture-wicking leather lining, a removable cushioned footbed that reduces leg and foot fatigue, and a high-grip sole for better traction.
4. Aetrex Men’s Conform Lace Oxford ($129.95)
These Oxford-style dress shoes for diabetics include a comfortable Plastazote foam lining that molds to the foot, a high toe box, multiple removable insoles, a rocker sole for added stability, excellent collar padding, and an internal heel counter.
5. Drew Shoe Men’s Rockford Boot ($215.86)
Although a little on the pricey side, these everyday man’s work boots are built with diabetics in mind, with a slip-resistant outsole, waterproof lining and leather upper, a built-in heel cushion, removable foot beds, and added room to accommodate custom orthotics. (Note: Reviewers say there is great stability, but the foot bed is not all that comfortable, so you would want to put your orthotics in these.)
Shoe features include: extra depth for orthotics, a moisture-wicking leather lining, a protective toe box, heel counter, padded heel collar and tongue, and no-skid outsole.
7. OrthoFeet 641 ($128.95)
Reports are favorable for this Medicare-approved shoe, with reviewers praising the comfort, stability, and customized fit. Features include innovative stretch panels, moldable insoles, extra width and depth, added cushioning, a soft fabric lining, roomy toe box, and two sets of removable spacers.
8. Hush Puppies Network ($135)
This stylish diabetic shoe features waterproofing, lightweight construction, a gel heel, soft sole, and a roomy toe box. The shoes themselves are durable, but some reviewers say the laces leave a little to be desired.
9. Drew Shoe Alicia Pumps ($165.96)
The Alicia Dress Shoes feature a classic look, have a removable gel insole, added depth to fit orthotics, extra shock-absorption, a firm heel counter, and low heels for better comfort and stability.
10. New Balance MW928 ($129.95)
The MW928 features breathable leather, a Lightning Dry liner, a removable foam insert, foam-padded collar, a cushioned heel, compression technology, and a stabilizing roller bar.
The Bottom Line On Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention:
Visit the Medicare website for more information on how to get Medicare to cover the cost of the best diabetic shoes. Also, be sure to purchase a SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer to keep your new footwear free from bacteria, fungus and other infection-causing microbes. Fresh, sanitary, orthotic shoes are one of the easiest ways to prevent diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and amputation.