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Shoes and Orthotics for Diabetics

Proper footwear is an important part of an overall treatment program for people with diabetes. Any evidence of neuropathy, or lack of sensation, wearing the right footwear is of outmost importance. By working with a physician and a footwear professional, such as a certified pedorthist, many patients can prevent serious diabetic foot complications.

Relieve areas of excessive pressure. Any area where there is excessive pressure on the foot can lead to skin breakdown or ulcers. Footwear and orthotics should help to relieve these high-pressure areas and therefore reduce the occurrence of related problems. A reduction in the overall amount of pressure to the foot and or feet, devices such as off loaders can be used.

Accommodate, stabilize and support deformities. Deformities resulting from conditions such as loss of fatty tissue, hammer toes and amputations must be accommodated. Many deformities need to be stabilized to relieve pain and avoid further destruction. In addition, some deformities may need to be controlled or supported to decrease progression of the deformity.