Before you put them on every day, turn your shoes or slippers upside down and give them a shake to get rid of any small stones or debris. Put your hand inside them and check for rough edges and loose seams before you put them on. Even small seams can cause problems if they rub on your skin. If there is anything at all wrong with the inside of your shoes, which could cause you an injury or blister, choose a different pair to wear.
Unless you have feet that are misshapen because of bunions or other problems you probably won’t need to buy special shoes just because you have diabetes. However, you may have to make some changes to the kind of shoes you wear.
Check your socks regularly for holes and if you find any then throw them away. Holes or darned areas in socks are a common cause of skin damage for people with diabetes.
Change your socks, tights or stockings every day and choose socks made from materials that will keep your skin comfortable. When your feet sweat cotton socks can hold onto that moisture, which can mean it rubs more against your skin. Wool can do the same. Man-made fibres like Coolmax, Thermolite, acrylic and nylon do offer some benefits compared to cotton or wool. Choose socks that contain a mix of natural and man-made materials.