Why Therapeutic Shoes Might Be Right for You

Why Therapeutic Shoes Might Be Right for You

If you have diabetes, you have a lot on your mind — including your feet. Your chronic condition can easily damage the blood vessels and nerves in your feet and make it difficult to feel the warning signs of injuries and wounds. Undetected and untreated, this could lead to serious complications and even amputation. In fact, as a direct result of diabetes, more than 2 million people in the United States have lost a limb, and around the world, two people undergo an amputation every 60 seconds.

You can see why it’s important to protect your feet in every way possible, which includes a proper diet, a healthy weight, and controlling your blood sugar. And there’s one more thing you can do to keep your feet safe — wear therapeutic shoes.

At Ortho Engineering, Inc., we specialize in creating customized shoes for folks living with diabetes and other causes of nerve damage. When your doctor recommends special footwear as part of your treatment, we’re here to design and manufacture the perfect pair of shoes just for you. Here’s what they can do for you.

Therapeutic shoes protect your skin

When most people stub a toe or get a blister, the pain alerts them to inspect, clean, and protect the injury. But if you have diabetes, you may never know there’s a problem until it gets out of hand. That’s why our therapeutic shoes include a soft, protective interior unlike any you’ve ever felt before.

Therapeutic shoes relieve pressure

Your feet carry a heavy load with each step, and if you’re overweight, the pressure is compounded. This can cause foot pain and excessive stress on your ankles, which in turn, may alter your gait and cause a ripple effect of problems up the length of your legs. 

Therapeutic shoes are crafted with extra cushioning to absorb shock, reduce pressure, and prevent tissue and joint damage.

Therapeutic shoes keep your blood flowing

Diabetes affects your circulation, and when your blood doesn’t flow freely, especially in your feet, swelling sets in. That’s why we design our therapeutic shoes with extra-wide and extra-deep toe boxes that give your feet some wiggle room — but not too much. Just enough to stimulate circulation and eliminate restrictions.

Therapeutic shoes reduce the risk of foot ulcers

Foot ulcers are wounds that occur when your skin breaks and infection sets in. If you have diabetes, you’re at a high risk for these sores, and your poor circulation makes it difficult for them to heal. Ill-fitting shoes are one of the main causes of foot ulcers, so it’s important to wear custom-made shoes that won’t rub you the wrong way.

Therapeutic shoes keep your feet dry

Warm, moist environments are prime places for infections, and most shoes certainly fit that description. Whether they’re top-quality leather or inexpensive synthetics, most shoe materials trap in moisture and put your diabetic feet at risk. 

We make your therapeutic shoes with breathable materials that reduce sweating and protect your feet.

Therapeutic shoes support you

Arch support is critical to a proper gait and your overall foot health, and many off-the-shelf shoes try to accommodate various needs. At best, you may find a pair with high arch support or low arch support, but with our customized therapeutic shoes, you get “you” arch support. 

If you have diabetes, take a load off and discover what therapeutic shoes can do for you and your health. Talk to your doctor about your specific needs, and bring your foot impression or 3D image to us when you’re ready to get started. 

We have nine locations throughout Southern California, so just call the Ortho Engineering Inc. nearest you. 

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