In the classic fairytale “Cinderella,” only the title character’s feet fit perfectly in the iconic glass slippers. Mild versions of the story have Cinderella’s stepsisters attempting to force their feet into the shoes to no avail, while older versions show them maiming their lower limbs to wear the shoes. How a shoe fits matters for your feet—and your body as a whole. This is even more important for anyone with diabetes. Trying to wear shoes of any kind that aren’t fitted well can lead to all sorts of painful injuries, even if they aren’t as gruesome as the stepsisters’. Like the search for the foot to fit the glass slippers, finding the right fit for diabetic feet takes time, but it’s worth it in the end.
People with diabetes have a high risk for foot complications and small injuries. Shoes that fit correctly support and protect the lower limbs. Shoes that are worn out or fit incorrectly may pinch the feet, create blisters, contribute to bad biomechanics, and generally cause pain. Obviously, this could wreak havoc on feet with diabetes, potentially leading to very serious complications. Getting a Cinderella-like perfect fit can help you prevent these issues and stay healthy.
Here are a few things for you to check when testing the fit:
- Immediate Comfort – Shoes shouldn’t need a “break in” period. Make sure yours fit comfortably right away.
- Toe Box – The toe box should be wide enough and deep enough to wiggle your toes. Keep half an inch of space between the ends and your toes as well.
- Shoe Materials – Choose shoes made from materials that allow air to circulate, like cloth or leather.
- Appropriate Heels – Heels should be low and not too stiff or pinched in the back.