Therapeutic Shoes: A Solution for Diabetic Feet

If you have diabetes, you’re aware of how important it is to take care of your feet. Common problems like a blister, callus, or athlete’s foot isn’t a big issue for most people, but for diabetics, those conditions can turn into bacterial and fungal infections much more easily than in the population at large. 

Spikes in your blood sugar level from diabetes can lead to poor circulation in your legs and feet, and even lead to nerve damage called neuropathy. If you already have neuropathy, you’ve lost feeling in parts of your body — commonly in your feet.

Neuropathy makes it more difficult to tell if you have a foot injury like a blister, a cut, or abrasion. If left untreated, even a small blister or tiny cut can become an infected foot ulcer before you know it, and your weak circulation means it can take weeks to heal and many trips to the doctor. 

Foot ulcers are the major cause of amputations in people with diabetes — in fact, ulcers precede 84% of amputations in the diabetic population. Preventing foot ulcers is a critical part of medical treatment for diabetes, but you as a patient also play a major role in preventing the ulcers.

Taking good care of your feet not only includes examining them every night and keeping them clean and dry, but also entails wearing appropriate shoes. Shoes that cause your feet to rub against the sides, have a narrow footbed (think high heels), and are too small or too large can cause skin irritation and damage to your feet. 

Ortho Engineering Inc. makes custom therapeutic shoes that help prevent foot problems in people with diabetes. Research studies have shown that wearing therapeutic shoes helps diabetics avoid ulcers and the complications that arise from them, including hospitalizations and amputations. 

What are the special qualities of custom therapeutic shoes? 

Shoes for the general population come in standard sizes, yet your foot may not fit the standard size. You can develop corns or calluses from off-the-shelf shoes that don’t really fit your foot well, and the friction can easily cause abrasions that lead to foot ulcers when you have diabetes. 

Ortho Engineering makes shoes to exact specifications for your feet. A 3D image or a mold of your foot guides our team in developing your custom-made shoes, which include the following attributes: 

Tips on getting fitted and wearing therapeutic shoes

Here are some things you should know about getting therapeutic shoes to help ensure the best fit and comfort. 

Therapeutic shoes and insurance

Medicare now covers one pair of custom-molded shoes or extra-depth shoes annually for those with severe diabetic foot disease. If you’re not Medicare-eligible yet, many insurance companies allow at least one pair of custom therapeutic shoes every other year. Check your policy for details.

Therapeutic shoes can help keep your feet healthy and keep them feeling good, too. Do your feet a favor: Call Ortho Engineering Inc. today to get fitted for your therapeutic shoes. We have nine convenient locations in the Los Angeles area.

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