Before getting into diabetic shoes, we just want to take a moment and extend a big “thank you” to everyone who came out to visit us at the Sons of Italy Street Fair that was held on September 28. It was a great event and we always look forward to the opportunity to spend time with our friends and family in the community. We hope to see you again at next year’s fair!

Now, as we’ve been looking at diabetic shoes and how they make a difference for those who live with diabetes, it is only natural to wonder how you can go about getting a pair. The best place to start the process is by coming into our office for an evaluation. We can identify any potential or existing issues, which is essential for determining your specific needs.

If you do not have any particular warning signs that give cause for greater concern, you may simply benefit from a shoe that fits properly, is made from soft materials, and provides robust shock absorption properties. Proper fit is important to reduce the risk of blisters, calluses, and ulcers, even if there is no existing evidence of neuropathy. Soft materials further reduce that risk and shock absorption helps to avoid situations where an inequitable distribution of forces causes an issue.

It is possible that you may need more than a well-constructed shoe that fits properly. In such cases, prescription shoes for diabetes may be required. We may prescribe healing, in-depth, or custom-made styles, depending on issues or circumstances we observe with your feet. After surgery or ulcer treatment, healing shoes are a likely step before you go back to wearing regular shoes. Custom-made pairs are often beneficial for rare cases where severe deformities are present.

In addition to shoes, we may prescribe custom orthotic devices for use in extra depth diabetic shoes, or external shoe modifications. These will be prepared to accommodate your specific foot needs.

If you are living with diabetes in Nassau County, NY, you need to establish a relationship with a trusted foot specialist. Contact Foot Specialists of Long Island and we can help you create an effective foot care plan, including making sure you get special shoes if you need them to stay safe and healthy. Simply give us a call at (516) 804-9038 or use our online form to get in touch with us today.

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