What Are the Best Shoes for Diabetic Neuropathy in Feet?

Last Editorial Review: 7/25/2017

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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.

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


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