If you or someone you know is diabetic chances are that your doctor has prescribed wearing a specific type of shoe to help with preventing or reducing the risk of shin breakdown. Diabetes shoes are helpful and beneficial in that their structure and support given to diabetics with preexisting foot conditions.
Going in to speak with your doctor about possibly getting these shoes is highly recommended if you're diabetic. Whether or not your doctor will prescribe them is another matter as there may be other options such as other orthopedic shoes. Whatever the solution you and your doctor come to, don't wait to get your legs and feet checked out.