What To Look For In Shoes For Peripheral Neuropathy
Posted on Oct 08, 2022

You can help reduce the pain or discomfort in your feet by simply choosing the right shoes.

If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, we have several tips for helping you make an educated choice.

How Does Peripheral Neuropathy Affect The Feet?

Peripheral Neuropathy refers to damage or dysfunction of the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord (your central nervous system).

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can range from irritating to debilitating. When it affects your legs and feet, you may experience numbness, burning or other painful sensations that can make it difficult to walk or function.

That’s why picking shoes with the right features can help you get back to a more active life.

Picking The Right Shoes

Here’s a list of things you’ll want to look for in your next pair of shoes:

1. Find shoes with the right texture. Shoes with soft lining can help you avoid a burning sensation in the foot during the day, when you’re most active. If you experience numbness as a result of your neuropathy, you may consider a shoe that has a texture that allows for greater proprioception.

2. You’ll want shoes that have solid arch support and structure. A well-structured shoe will provide better shock absorption, reducing pressure placed on the foot. The most effective way to reduce overall pressure on various foot structures is by developing a strong foot with healthy connective tissues.  

3. Your shoes should fit well. Take the time before purchasing a pair of shoes to walk in them around the store. Pay attention to the way the shoes make you feel and whether or not they fit properly. Most people are actually wrong when asked about their shoe size. It may help to actually find a true measurement of your foot.  

4. Talk to a podiatrist who can help get you into a pair of shoes that work for your specific needs.

It’s also important that you wear comfortable socks and take care of your feet to reduce painful symptoms. Neuropathic people often lack normal control of the sweat glands and frequent sock changes through the day will also help.

Relieve Neuropathy With The Healing Sole

The Healing Sole was designed by Dr. Warner to reduce foot pain, and can help with neuropathy as well.

The firm and supportive structure of The Healing Sole can reduce stress to the foot, while the rocker bottom sole allows the foot to heal through better and more efficient weight distribution.

The Healing Sole also features a textured footbed to allow for greater proprioception, allowing you to feel more confident on your feet. This texture is also designed to stimulate the larger nerve fibers than can mask signals from the smaller pain fibers.  

While relieving pressure on the foot, The Healing Sole stretches and strengthens the foot as well, improving overall foot health.