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Shoes for Peripheral Neuropathy
Jack Crowder, pedorthist, presented to the Peripheral Neuropathy Resources Group recently on shoes for peripheral neuropathy. Here are some top tips from this presentation:
Pedorthists are specialists in shoe modifications and orthotics. They can best determine what kind of shoes you need. To find a pedorthist, you can do an internet search (pedorthist near me), or ask a podiatrist or make sure any store from which you purchase shoes has a trained pedorthist on staff.
Shoes rated for diabetics are good for anyone with peripheral neuropathy, whether they have diabetes or not.
Look for shoes that have variable widths for greater comfort.
A roomy, round, or deep toe box may be more comfortable.
Shoes should be cushioned as well as have support.
Arch supporting insoles should be added for support.
Best to wear supportive slippers at home rather than walking barefoot.
If you are diabetic and are on Medicare, the cost of shoes and orthodics may be covered. Check with your healthcare provider.
Some suggested brands: New Balance, Apex, Hoka, Xelero, Orthofeet, Pedors, Vionic, Propet, Giesswein, Kuru, Mizuno, ZCoil, Dr Comfort Shoes & Socks
To watch the presentation or learn more about the Peripheral Neuropathy Resources Group, click here.
Please note that the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy does not endorse any product or treatments. Please check with your healthcare provider or other qualified professional if any recommendations are right for you.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this living well tips is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. You are strongly encouraged to consult a neurologist with any questions or comments you may have regarding your condition. The best care can only be given by a qualified provider who knows you personally.