According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10% of the US population has diabetes.
Considering the majority of people with diabetes also experience foot problems, it's no wonder there's a whole section of shoes made just for them.
Yet, diabetic footwear also works for people who have foot conditions unrelated to diabetes.
Are you looking for a shoe that can reduce your foot pain and get you back on your feet? Diabetic footwear may be the solution you need. Here's why.
What Sets Diabetic Footwear Apart from Regular Shoes?
Diabetic footwear can help people with diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bunions, arthritis, and more. When you have one of these conditions, standing and walking in diabetic shoes is more comfortable since they:
- Improve Blood Circulation for Better Mobility. Diabetic footwear offers extra room and features breathable materials for a custom fit and ultimate comfort. That's why diabetic footwear is an excellent choice for people with neuropathy.
- Prevent Calluses and Skin Rubbing for Healthy Feet. From a deep toe box to smooth seams, the interior of a diabetic shoe lessens friction against irregularities like bunions and hammertoes while also preventing calluses.
- Decrease Pressure for Less Foot Pain. Diabetic shoes feature shock-absorbent soles that help reduce pressure on bunions and ulcers while alleviating pain from plantar fasciitis and arthritis.
Here are three other reasons to consider diabetic footwear over regular shoes.
A Custom Fit
Unlike regular shoes, diabetic footwear comes in full-sizes, half-sizes, and three different widths. They also offer adjustability with laces and hook and loop closure. That way, you can loosen and tighten your shoes depending on swelling or changes to your feet.
For example, Apex's Emmy shoe has a monk strap for a secure fit plus flexible fabric at the toe and heel. The Emmy also comes in multiple sizes with medium, large, and extra-large widths.
Though brands like Sketchers may offer shoes that look similar, the Emmy is far more customizable to suit bunions, hammertoes, and other foot irregularities.
Diabetic shoes have a cushiony insert that, when removed, must provide at least 3/16 inch extra room or more. The added space reduces pressure on your foot, allowing for better circulation. This also leave room to add your own custom or prefabricated shoe inserts for even more comfort and support.
For example, our Paige boots provide up to 5/16 inch in extra depth and lace closures. Compare that to leading brands, which offer no additional space and allow room for only the thinnest shoe inserts.
Since Medicare covers one pair of diabetic shoes per year for those who qualify, the law requires that we make our shoes to last at least that long with normal wear. That's why Apex footwear features high-quality materials like leather and wool.
Other brands cut corners by making their shoes with cheaper materials that can fall apart after a few months, whereas you can rest assured that our shoes will provide miles of comfort.
Meanwhile, our feather-light sneakers offer long-lasting uppers with sturdy rubber outsoles to keep you balanced and comfortable during a long walk. For an uber-reliable pair of walking shoes, check out our FitLite wool knit sneakers.
Our Shoes Will Get You Back on Your Feet
Simply put, even though you may not have diabetes, our diabetic footwear is a smart investment if you're tired of shoe companies that don't understand your needs.