What Are the Best Shoes for Diabetic Neuropathy in Feet?

  • Medical Author:
    Standiford Helm II, MD

    Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. Dr. Helm is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Helm is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), the only certifying agency which tests the ability to perform interventional pain procedures. Dr. Helm is also an examiner for FIPP.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Ask the experts

I have neuropathy in my feet. Can you recommend any good shoes to wear with this condition?

Doctor's response

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 to use footwear that works for you.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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Reviewed on 7/25/2017