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What are some good options for diabetic footwear?

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Good options for diabetic shoes include oxfords, sneakers, hiking-style boots, mary janes and fisherman sandals. Some good brands are Dr. Comfort, New Balance, Easy Spirit, Orthofeet and CrocsRx. Good slippers include loafer, bootie and clog styles.

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Diabetic footwear must fit properly and support and protect the feet. Leather should be soft rather than rigid, and soles should be cushioned rather than thin. The toe box should be wider, rounder on top and deeper. Some diabetic patients require shoes with extra depth to accommodate pressure-relieving orthotic inserts. Slippers should be slip-resistant.

Diabetic socks should not be elasticized or constricting, and their toes should not bunch. Dr. Comfort socks contain extra padding in the heel and toe and have a Y-toe gore to prevent bunching.

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