Pain Management Q&A by Dr. Helm
Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating problem. There have been advances in the medical treatment of peripheral neuropathy, with the FDA approval of drugs like pregabalin (Lyrica) and duloxetine (Cymbalta) for diabetic neuropathy. Unfortunately, there is no single answer to what type of shoes to wear. Ultimately, this comes down to what you find comfortable and meets your needs. In general, people tend to like good walking shoes, whether in the form of some type of sneaker or running shoe, or the more formal leather shoes. Some people can only tolerate open toed sandals or "flip-flops." There is no medical answer to this question: the real answer is what works for you.
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REFERENCE: Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
Last Editorial Review: 8/30/2012