I had a very close friend once who first introduced me to the really ugly side of diabetes. Although some members of my extended family had the condition it wasn’t until I met my friend’s father (let’s call him Joe) that I really began to understand what uncontrolled diabetes can do to a person.
When I first met Joe he was a 50-something who looked like he was in his sixties. He was healthy enough but had trouble getting around. He wasn’t in shape and he wasn’t fit but he wasn’t hospitalized either.
After a couple years however his health started to decline and he started losing his eyesight. This caused him to stay home and immobile more often and eventually he started having foot problems due to his diabetes.
Long story short, Joe ended up getting an infection in his right foot and he ended up getting an amputation. Since then he has become home-bound and rarely ever leaves the house. He is firmly tethered to his medications and insulin shots and he can’t go anywhere easily because he can’t walk or see.
So what does this have to do with slippers you might ask?
As crazy as it sounds he got an infection in his foot from walking around the house barefoot. He had an open wound on his foot that got infected and then wouldn’t heal due to the side-effects of the diabetes.
The truth of the matter is that slippers protect the feet in and around the house. Many slippers can be laundered and they have tough soles which protect the feet from scrapes, stubbed toes, and basic injury.
Around the house it is easy to get infected foot wounds. With household chemicals, food, and dirt tracked in from outside it’s all too common for foot infections to occur and diabetics with foot problems are the least prepared to fight these infections off.
Why do you need to wear diabetic slippers?
Because they can protect your feet from injuries which can immobilize you for life.
Had Joe been wearing slippers he would have been less likely to have developed an open wound on his foot and any open wounds he did have would have been less likely to have gotten infected.
If you or anyone you know has advanced diabetes then you should consider buying a good pair or two of diabetic slippers for protection in and around the house.
What Is A Diabetic Slipper?
A good diabetic slipper will:
- Have adjustable straps to help create the perfect fit with no tight spots or pressure points
- Have a plush and seamless lining that whisks moisture away from the skin of the foot
- Have a tough semi-shoe sole that can adequately protect the toes from being stubbed as well as the bottom of the foot from scrapes or punctures
- Should be able to be washed easily
- Should be wide and/or deep to accommodate feet which can be slightly or greatly deformed
Any slipper will do fine in protecting the feet but a slipper incorporating all of these features will give you the best protection and should prepare you best for a long, healthy, and mobile life even as you deal with diabetes.
The bestsellers page lists a few of this site’s bestselling diabetic slippers that I recommend to people with diabetes.
Let me formally invite you to dive deeper into this site. See this post for men’s slippers or this post for women’s slippers. And don’t forget to read through our foot care guides, they will help you get to know the basics of taking better care of damaged diabetic feet.
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