Diabetic Shoes Specialist

Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Rancho, NM, South Valley, NM, Edgewood, NM & Grants, NM

If you have diabetes, wearing diabetic shoes can reduce the risk of foot ulcers and serious complications like gangrene. Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico offers custom-made diabetic shoes at their five convenient locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, South Valley, Edgewood, and Grants, New Mexico. Their staff pedorthist fits diabetic patients for custom shoes, orthotics, and braces, which they manufacture in their nationally accredited durable medical equipment lab. Their Albuquerque location has an on-site shoe store for your convenience. For advanced care in custom diabetic shoes, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Shoes Q & A

What are diabetic shoes?

Diabetic shoes accommodate the specific needs of a person living with diabetes. Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico’s on-site pedorthist fits diabetic patients for custom shoes, inserts, and braces. 

Using specially designed materials, diabetic shoes provide the space, cushioning, and protection you need to keep your feet healthy. They alleviate friction and pressure on your feet, which decreases your risk of getting a foot wound or ulcer. 

Why are diabetic shoes important?

More than 10% of people in the United States have diabetes, a long-term disease that causes your blood sugar to be too high. 

Uncontrolled high blood sugar damages many parts of your body, including the nerves and blood vessels in your legs and feet. This can lead to a condition called diabetic neuropathy, which may cause you to lose sensation in your legs and feet. 

If you can’t feel pain in your feet, you may not notice a small wound, blister, or ingrown toenail. This may cause a foot problem to go undetected for a long time. A lack of sensation combined with poor blood flow can cause a minor wound to rapidly escalate into a serious infection.

Wearing diabetic shoes helps to protect your feet from developing a variety of problems that can lead to infection, including corns and calluses, diabetic foot ulcers, and fungal infections. 

How do I know if I need diabetic shoes?

If you have diabetes, routine foot care is essential to your overall health. Your expert podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico evaluates your feet at every visit and tailors your treatment plan accordingly. 

They may recommend diabetic shoes if you show signs of any of the following foot problems:

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunion
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Toenail fungus
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Wounds and ulcers

You may also need custom shoes to help you recover from foot surgery or to prevent problems before they occur. 

Where can I get custom diabetic shoes?

As the largest podiatric group in the state, Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico offers custom diabetic shoes at all five of their locations. Their staff pedorthist creates customized shoes, inserts, and orthotics based on your unique needs.

To learn more about diabetic shoes, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico or book an appointment online today.