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If your feet require specially designed shoes, ask your insurance plan about covering the cost of the shoes. Medicare will cover foot exams and special (orthotic) shoes or shoe inserts. Some medical supply shops specialize in designing custom-fitted shoes for people with diabetes who have abnormally shaped feet or pressure sores on their feet.
Good shoes should fit well. To ensure that your shoes fit well:
Good shoes should be made of comfortable materials. Good shoes are made of materials that are flexible and breathable (don't make your feet sweat).
Good shoes should protect your feet.
Good socks should protect your feet.
When you wear new shoes, check your feet for pressure spots, redness, or blisters twice a day. New shoes should be broken in slowly. The first week, wear your new shoes only 1 to 2 hours a day. The second week, wear your new shoes 2 to 3 hours a day. Increase the amount of time you wear the new shoes each week. It is especially important to break in leather shoes slowly.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology|
|Last Revised||July 16, 2013|
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