Diabetic Foot Care & Diabetic Prescription Footwear

Did you know that Diabetic Patients with foot problems such as neuropathy, circulation and orthopedic deformities such as bunions and hammertoes are entitled to a pair of shoes on a yearly basis? There are molded orthopedic shoes with special inserts to prevent you from pain infection and wounds. We can provide you with these shoes after a complete examination.
Many diabetics need special prescription footwear. The various types include:

  • Custom-made shoes.
    When extremely severe deformities are present, a custom-made shoe can be constructed from a cast or model of the patient’s foot. These cases are rare. With extensive modifications of in-depth shoes, even the most severe deformities can usually be accommodated.
  • External shoe modifications.
    This involves modifying the outside of the shoe in some way, such as modifying the shape of the sole or adding shock-absorbing or stabilizing materials.
  • Healing shoes.
    Immediately following surgery or ulcer treatment, some type of shoe may be necessary before a regular shoe can be worn. These include custom sandals (open toe), heat-moldable healing shoes (closed toe), and post-operative shoes.
  • In-depth shoes.
    The in-depth shoe is the basis for most footwear prescriptions. It is generally an oxford-type or athletic shoe with an additional 1/4- to 1/2-inch of depth throughout the shoe, allowing extra volume to accommodate any needed inserts or orthoses, as well as deformities commonly associated with a diabetic foot. In-depth shoes also tend to be light in weight, have shock-absorbing soles, and come in a wide rande of shapes and sizes to accommodate virtually any foot.

Dr. Michael Perlstein’s podiatry office is located at 4414 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. He serves patients throughout the greater New York City area, including those residing in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Dr. Perlstein’s office is open Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday.

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    Dr. Michael Perlstein discusses how living with diabetes can affect the feet, and what people with diabetes should do to keep themselves healthy.

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