The Benefits of Custom Orthotics for Diabetics
Diabetics are at an increased risk for developing secondary conditions such as diabetic neuropathy and foot ulcers. This also leaves them more susceptible to a host of other issues such as bunions, calluses, and blisters.
If left untreated, these manageable diabetic complications can evolve into more serious issues such as sepsis, a life-threatening infection, and even amputation in extreme cases.
Because of this, it is imperative that diabetics invest in high-quality, long-lasting, custom orthotics in addition to being vigilant about proper foot care. Foot orthoses are a cost-effective, non-invasive way of preventing diabetic neuropathy and foot ulcers.
Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage caused by elevated glucose levels. It primarily affects the legs and feet, impeding circulation, and causing numbness and tingling. This insensitivity to pain makes it difficult to know if your shoes are too tight, or if you have injured your feet.
This can allow cuts, bruises, and blisters to go unnoticed, leaving your feet vulnerable to infection. If left untreated, ulcers, or opens sores that are difficult to heal, may develop. Our custom 3D orthotics reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy by improving circulation and delivering unparalleled comfort.
They also provide support by offloading pressure to the most vulnerable areas of the foot, such as the ball of the foot, arch, and heel. Diabetic neuropathy progresses slowly over time, and the likelihood of developing it increases with age, so it is essential for you to be proactive with your foot care sooner than later!
Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound, generally found on the bottom of the foot, that develops from poor circulation, and wearing tight, or improper fitting shoes.
At ProMotion Healthcare in Barrie, our custom orthotics are created using the innovative Tiger 3D scan, providing you with the most accurate fit imaginable. These orthotic devices are used in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, as well as a preventative measure.
Our 3D orthotics provide comfort and pain relief by correcting posture, evenly distributing your weight, adding an extra layer of cushion, and alleviating pressure from sensitive areas. This lowers the risk of developing ulcers, and infection.
In addition to wearing custom orthotics, maintaining steady glucose levels is also a great preventative measure. This can be achieved with a holistic diet and exercise.
Other Non-Diabetic Foot Issues
While these problems are not unique to them, diabetics are more susceptible to experiencing these issues, due to their predisposition for vascular and nerve damage.
Corns- A thickened layer of skin, usually found on the top or sides of the toes. They are usually caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear and are often painful when touched.
Calluses- A usually painless, thickened layer of skin that develops from pressure or friction. They are generally found on the bottom of the heel or ball of the foot.
Fungal Infections- Usually occurs from excessive sweating, and wearing tight shoes. You may experience stinging, burning, or itching.
Bunions- A bony protrusion on the joint at the base of the big toe. This painful bump on the outside of the foot is also prone to developing a callus.
Sepsis- A diabetic’s immune system is compromised, leaving them more susceptible to sepsis. It is a life-threatening bacterial infection that develops over time, from an infection that goes untreated.
Ingrown Toenails- When the side of the toenail grows into the side of the toe. This condition usually affects the big toe, resulting in swelling, redness, and pain. Infection may also occur if left untreated.
12 Foot Care Tips for Diabetics
- Avoid walking barefoot
- Wear proper fitting, comfortable shoes
- Inspect your feet daily for redness, discoloration, or blisters
- Check the soles of your feet with a mirror
- Avoid tight, elastic socks
- Wash feet with mild soap and warm water
- Keep feet dry, especially between the toes
- Keep feet moisturized, but not between the toes
- Avoid crossing your legs, and elevate feet whenever possible
- Visit your podiatrist for removal of corns and calluses
- Carefully cut nails straight across, or use an emery board
- Schedule an exam with your pedorthist once or twice a year
We’re Here to Help!
At ProMotion Healthcare in Barrie, our custom-made 3D orthotics provide unmatched comfort and pain relief by properly aligning your feet. They also evenly distribute weight, reducing friction and pressure. This is helpful in both the treatment and prevention of diabetic neuropathy and ulcers.
Our custom-made 3D orthotics are engineered to fit accommodate all types of footwear including, casual and dress shoes, sandals, all athletic shoes, work shoes, and more.
Still wondering if custom 3D orthotics are right for you? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Foot Orthotics for more information on how our custom orthotics can get you on the track to pain-free, healthy feet!