The Diabetic Shoe Market

The Diabetic Shoe Market

Diabetic shoes also known as therapeutic shoes are specifically designed for diabetic patients to minimum the risk of various related problems. Basically diabetic footwear is to prevent ulcers, strains or amputations of diabetic people. This kind of footwear must be prescribed by a doctor.

The patients who need these diabetic shoes are suffering from various complications such as poor circulation of the lower limbs. Wearing the correct diabetic shoes helps these patients with their disease and helps recover their whole quality of life. Medically prescribed diabetic footwear can help decrease the high cost of care related foot ulcers and amputations.

According to the International Diabetic Foundation there are 387 million people diagnosed with diabetes around the world and 4.9 million related deaths per year from diabetes. The demand for these type of shoes has caused the growth of the market substantially around the world.

Do You Have A False Sense Of Security?

People with diabetes may have a false sense of security as to how much their feet are at risk. An ulcer under the foot can develop in a couple of hours. The primary goal of therapeutic footwear is to prevent complications. Even since a diabetics shoes are limited to what they could wear, they also must be prescribed by a physician. Then have to go and see a therapeutic fitter pedorthist, an orthopedist or a podiatrist. Most of the shoes also have to be fitted with an orthopedic insert. These inserts could consist of just plain inserts, arch supports, lifts, wedges or heels on the shoes. Most of the time these shoes are custom molded to help prevent and help diabetics to avoid foot injuries and improve mobility.

In the United States, these diabetic shoes can be covered by Medicare.

Prevention of diabetic foot ulcers include frequent visits to the foot specialist, good foot hygiene, diabetic shoes and compression socks, as well as avoiding any injuries.  Foot care education combined with increased surveillance can reduce serious foot lesions.  Clinical evidence reviewed the topic of special footwear and concluded that individuals with significant foot deformities should be considered for referral and assessment for customized shoes that will accommodate the altered foot anatomy.  In the absence of significant foot deformities, high quality, well fitting NON-PERSCRIPTION footwear seems to be a reasonable option.  As long as you are not a person of “high risk of foot ulcers”.

The diabetic shoe market is divided by a retail distributor which includes store based and non-shoe based stores. This means there are shoe stores, department stores, chain stores and specialty stores that are selling these kinds of shoes. On the other hand there are the non distributing stores that sell on line. The online stores are anticipated to grow significantly over the next few years.

The increase of diabetic patients is escalating the demand for these diabetic shoes all over the world. Rising demand for new designs of these shoes are intensifying this market. The escalating population all across Asia and the rising amount of people spending more will have a demand on these kinds of shoes. This market has a budding market in the e-commerce to expand the new brands in the market.

Major Companies And The FDA

Some major companies include KyBoot, Polaris s.r.l., Aertex Worldwide Incl., Orthofeet Inc., Etonic Shoes, Drew Shoes, Dr Comfort and others. These manufacturers are looking to produce low cost diabetic shoes for the emerging markets in Asia. There are various shoe manufacturers trying to enter into this market because this market has an immense potential.

This post is about shoes for the diabetic, but that is not all there is DIET has a lot to do with it also.  I just found a book on          7 Steps To Health And Big Diabetes Lie Reviews.


The FDA has finally approved a monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need to prick your fingers.  This monitor cuts the cost of testing supplies and finger pricking for you to keep an eye on your blood sugar.

Glucose Test Monitor Meter Without Blood. Painless Bloodless Prickless Glucose Meter. More Accurate and Cheaper – No More Consumables. Worldwide Patented Technology




Please Leave All Comments Below – If you have tried any of these diabetic shoes, I would appreciate your review on them.
Thank You


2 thoughts on “The Diabetic Shoe Market”

  1. Thanks for writing this article. I was not aware you could get shoes covered by Medicare, that is good to know. As you can see the shoes do run between $50 and a $150, but they are so important the cost is worth to me.

    At the end of the article, you talk about a painless and bloodless glucose meter, where can I get that? I think I’ll ask my doctor. Thank you for letting me know about that, I had not heard of it. I have diabetic neuropathy in one of my hands so I would love something that didn’t cause me to be pricking all the time. Thank you for the info

    1. Hi Sylvia;
      This machine is fairly new on the market. It can be bought at Amazon, but it is pretty expensive, I think around $900.00. Maybe Medicare would pay for it also, you would have to ask your doctor, as you say. You could just click on the picture on the post and it will bring you right to Amazon.
      As always, Wishing you the Best


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