Why Should I wear Orthopedic Shoes?

If you are diabetic and have neuropathy you are vulnerable to having wounds on the foot. Many times the person doesn’t even know until it’s too late. I heard of a Podiatrist with neuropathy who stepped on a nail. He didn’t feel or recognize it, until gangrene set in. He ended up with a foot amputation. According to the American Diabetes Association, 600,000 diabetic patients get foot ulcers yearly, resulting in over 80,000 amputations. There can’t be 80,000 people not noticing their feet. The goal is to prevent a sore, ulcer, tear in the first place. Read our article “diabetes-and-the-foot” this will explain why and how this happens to the Feet, usually first.
The Diabetic Shoe is designed to prevent injury from happening in the first place.
Why is this Necessary? Because Diabetics have a difficult time feeling (Neuropathy) & healing (Lack of Blood Flow). Open wounds must be avoided!
For this reason Diabetic Shoes were made to certain Specifications. Diabetics are prone to thin skin which can split. Diabetic shoes have special inserts that relieve pressure points. They mold to the foot and allow areas around a pressure point to absorb pressure, thus reducing the risk of a split. They have a smooth surface (often referred to as shear) which helps prevent the skin from tearing as a result of friction. Diabetic Shoes have a cupped heel area to prevent lateral movement when standing or walking. A “Diabetic Shoe” is often referred to as a “Therapeutic Shoe” or “Ultra Depth Shoe” and can be categorized under “Orthopedic Shoe”. A Therapeutic Shoe is deeper in that allows for a thicker insert and more space for toe movement without friction. This additional space is also used to accommodate toe and foot issues such as hammertoe. The toe box is sturdy, this helps prevent toe stubbing. The Shoe will contain no inside seams that could create a blister of tear skin. The Lining will be smooth and moisture absorbent. They will contain soft padding around the heel area. The soles are skid resistant to help prevent falls.
When should I consider Orthopedic Shoes? If you are non-diabetic you will want these when you have any issue that calls for a “Custom Made Shoe Insert”, especially a full length insert. A ¾ length insert might fit comfortably in an “off the shelf shoe”. If you are diabetic there are several issues to consider. Many say get these if you have a hard time keeping your blood sugar regulated. They are definitely a must if you have foot neuropathy. When a normal foot feels pain from friction and pressure, their feet will hurt and they will stop walking before a blister or sore develops. In a diabetic foot with neuropathy they will just keep walking because they can’t feel the pain. Again “Wounds must be avoided”.

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