Therapeutic footwear for people with diabetes

Diabetes Metab Res Rev. May-Jun 2004;20 Suppl 1:S51-5. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.435.


In this review, the evidence for the role of footwear in causing, healing, and preventing foot ulceration in diabetic patients is discussed. The mechanisms of action of therapeutic footwear are elucidated, and an 'ideal' approach to footwear prescription is outlined. Finally, some future directions for 'intelligent' footwear are also presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetic Foot / rehabilitation*
  • Foot Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Prescriptions
  • Shoes / adverse effects
  • Shoes / standards*