Diabetic Shoes Specialist

If diabetes-related nerve and blood vessel damage in your feet cause pain, discomfort, or mobility problems, diabetic shoes can enhance your quality of life. At Progressive Podiatry in Ijamsville and Mount Airy, Maryland, podiatrist Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM, determines if you’re a good candidate for diabetic shoes and fits you for Dr. Comfort or Anodyne footwear. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Shoes

What are diabetes-related foot problems?

Poorly controlled blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels in your feet and lead to foot problems. You might experience:

  • Slow-healing foot injuries
  • Restricted blood flow
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Foot pain
  • Changes in the shape of your feet
  • Foot deformities
  • Weakened muscles in your feet

People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from fungal infections, gangrene, corns, and bunions. With good diabetes management and wearing proper footwear, you’ll improve the health and function of your feet.

What are diabetic shoes?

Diabetic shoes are specifically designed for people with diabetic foot problems. At Progressive Podiatry, Dr. Jurd-Sadler fits you for Dr. Comfort or Anodyne shoes or inserts to:

  • Ease foot pain and improve comfort
  • Promote healthy circulation
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Prevent complications from foot deformities or poor gait
  • Relieve excessive pressure
  • Reduce shear and shock
  • Accommodate and support foot deformities
  • Stabilize joints or limit range of motion

Proper footwear enhances foot health and allows you to be more active, which can drastically improve your quality of life.

What are different types of diabetic footwear?

After going over your medical history, completing a physical examination, and ordering diagnostic tests if necessary, Dr. Jurd-Sadler lets you know which type of diabetic footwear best matches your needs:

Soft diabetic shoes

If you’re in the early stages of diabetes and haven’t experienced foot problems, properly-fitted soft shoes with shock-absorbing soles might be all you need. Dr. Jurd-Sadler ensures soft diabetic shoes fit properly to avoid complications in the future.

The shoes should have adequate room near your toes, across the balls of your feet, and over the instep but should fit snug around your heels and feel comfortable.

Prescription footwear

If you’ve experienced diabetes-related foot problems, you may require prescription diabetic footwear including:

  • Custom healing shoes for ulcer treatment or recovery after surgery
  • In-depth shoes with extra depth throughout, to accommodate inserts or foot deformities
  • External shoe modifications that alter the outside of shoes in some way
  • Shoe inserts for shock absorption
  • Custom-made diabetic shoes for severe foot deformities

Dr. Jurd-Sadler lets you know which prescription footwear is the best match based on your individual needs.


Orthotics are devices worn to non-surgically correct ankle and foot problems. Examples include shoe inserts for foot arthritis or flat feet, ankle braces, and foot pads to reduce shock and pain.

When you’re ready to achieve or maintain healthy feet and ease diabetes-related foot pain, call Progressive Podiatry or book an appointment online with Dr. Jurd-Sadler today.


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