Why is the feet’s health crucially important for diabetic people ? The main reason is called neuropathy : it’s a disorder frequently associated with diabetes that causes tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the feet. According to the specialists the high level of sugar in the blood damages the small blood vessels that supply the peripheral nerves. On a global body level, it can also affect motor nerves and autonomic nerves, which means that potentially it can reach all innervated organs and systems.
If neuropathy is a complication of diabetes, the main issue for the feet are the complications that neuropathy creates itself like infections and ulcers. Blisters and sores appears on numb areas of the feet and it goes unnoticed due to the loss of sensitivity and becomes an open door for bacterias and infections.
The major action to avoid those complications linked to neuropathy is strict sugar-level control. Then comes foot hygiene, regular specialist visits and wearing adapted footwear, i.e. diabetic socks, diabetic shoes and diabetic slippers.
The rest of this article will be dedicated to give you a glimpse on the best diabetic slippers on the market. Diabetic slippers or shoes are not a pathology-solving accessories, but they are studied to relieve the pain and insure the comfort of those with sensitive feet or problematic feet.
Here’s a selected mix of woman/man/unisex diabetic slippers :
Womens Extra Wide Width Adaptive Diabetic Slippers
These extra wide diabetic slippers will most likely please all feet. They have a really wide size, so even a swollen foot can be accommodated easily, specially thanks to high quality fasteners that allow you to adjust the width to fit perfectly your foot. Matching perfectly the foot size and shape is crucial for people that have feet sensitivity, problems or are diabetic as they are fragile and can not afford to be wearing randomly fitted shoes that will either put too much pressure on the foot or not hold it well enough.
The soles are skid-resistant and the insoles have memory foam. On top of that, you’ll enjoy their anti-bacterial feature in order to avoid smell and stains. We would say that the last feature described (skid-resistant, memory foam and anti-bacterial) are appreciated by everyone, but this is really an important factor if you are picking those slippers for an elderly relative who has walking difficulties or won’t notice when his slippers are “smelly”. It’s almost a safety guarantee for you to know that they will be less prone to accidental falls.
As for the feelings of the ones wearing those slippers, the memory foam insoles will act like a glove and allow them to be extra comfortable anytime they wear them (versus when a shoe/slipper has a too rigid structure and you just can’t feel at ease inside of it). Also, being diabetic or old does not mean necessarily that you don’t care about the way you look anymore, that’s why these slippers come in four different colors from which to choose your favourite one.
Mens Extra Wide Diabetic Slippers – Swollen Feet
TThose diabetic slippers are pretty good looking and come in three different colors: they are pretty manly (blue, black and brown) but the fact that it’s tartan (a major of one brown or blue -the black is plain- mixed with two other minor colors) facilitates the fact of wearing them for women too.They are as well adjustable to your feet’s width: the fact that they have three straps to “wrap up” your feet (one frontal, two lateral), should really make them feel like they are customer-made for you, the Velcro fasteners will guarantee a perfect stability of the grip.
They are thick so they’ll keep you warm which is important for diabetic people with neuropathy because of the sensitivity loss. The feet play a major role in our overall health and are a very exposed area as well. It’s not uncommon to have cold feet -especially for women- and this can be a sign of a little “lazy” blood circulation, even if it’s just a sensation, it’s not pleasant and can be really difficult to be overcome and can lead to some colds or other illnesses. For people with neuropathy, it’s absolutely critical to keep their feet at good temperature and they won’t realise themselves straight away that they need more warmth.
Those slippers also benefit from skid-resistant insoles with memory-foam with all the benefits advised on the above review. Those might be diabetic slippers but as the sole is thick and the black version pretty sober you can also wear those shoes outside, as proper footwear, the days you feel you need this extra comfort. You will be at ease walking and it won’t look like you are neglected.
Foamtreads Men’s Physician Diabetic Slippers
The biggest advantage of Foamtreads is that it’s a company with over 50 years experience in the market that focuses on comfort slippers for women, men and children. Their specialty line is called Foameds, which features rich medically designed slippers bringing comfort to patients with health concerns that impact their feet or mobility. With all this, you are sure to opt for a top quality product. You’ll have a real choice in the sizes for these diabetic slippers : from 7 to 14.
They have hook-and-loop enclosures and can be considered highly customizable and the nice distinctive feature is the heel strap: usually diabetic slippers have top/lateral fasteners to ensure the right fit on the width but these ones also have back ones to make sure your heel also has the perfect match.
Those slipper will be a great benefit for the ones suffering from edema, neuropathy, general foot pain or are undergoing some kind of surgery that will affect the foot area and will leave them with permanent or temporary decreased mobility. It will be a great relief for those people and nice comfort for their families to know their pain is not emphasized by the footwear.
They are anti-bacterial, so no risk for uncomfortable smell and you can wash them gently with soap and air dry them. They are labelled for men, but sincerely, as they are plain black, they won’t look shocking on a woman’s foot.
International Men’s Perry Diabetic Slippers
These slippers could be adequate for diabetic people with a well controlled neuropathy and not too swollen feet as they are not specifically designed for them: they don’t have fasteners and straps to really adjust each side of the shoe. However, we still included them in this list as they could be great for those with less critical needs (or no neuropathy) and that are simply looking for comfortable, warm slippers.
These slippers have a synthetic sole (not rubber), so you’ll prefer to wear them inside, but a brief outdoor usage won’t create too much damage. As a general feedback it’s really a long-lasting product for a little investment. Also, you might want to pay attention to the fact that if you live in warm place or if you tend to have sweaty feet, you might be bored of the fluffiness of these slippers as it will indeed act properly and create a nice warmth around your feet. They come in five different colours, all pretty neutral and our favourite is “tan”: it looks just gorgeous and chic.
Foamtreads Men’s Doctor Diabetic Slippers
Another nice pair of diabetic slippers done by Foamtreads : three adjustable traps for a maximum comfort and perfect fit, but those ones do not have the heel strap. They have a Removable anti-bacterial nylex footbed that you can wash to keep it clean and fresh.
The sole is rubber, so you can enjoy them outdoors. Easy to slip on and slip off, these diabetic slippers will be a real relief for anyone with arthritis, swollen feet, edema, needing orthopedic support or simply the elderly. Foamtreads, as a company that specializes in these kind of products, could not do anything but to deliver a highly engineered pair of slippers to bring comfort to people in need: the flexibility or the material they use, combined with its solidity makes a very efficient combo to support and dress up swollen/injured/sensitive feet without compressing them.
The above list is non-exhaustive: it’s just a quick review of the best diabetic slippers available at the moment on the market: it’s a health related article, so looking closely at every product you are considering buying is not something you will regret.
Because of all the health reasons quoted in the introduction- diabetes, neuropathy, decreased feelings- you need to be well equipped to keep your condition stable or even to improve it but essentially, at least, not to deteriorate it. The two main criteria to verify before buying diabetic slippers would be with no hesitation the straps around the shoe, to ensure a customized fit and the solidity of the sole, to guarantee the stability of the foot and the overall quality.
Diabetic slippers help you to stay comfortable and be at ease in your home or outside and they will also greatly benefit the wheelchair-bound persons: an extra comfort and pain relief for those who need it.