Foot Care and Diabetes
Approximately 15 percent of people who have diabetes will develop an open foot sore (ulceration) at some point during their lives. People with diabetes should have their feet checked at least twice a year for reduced blood flow and sensation or deformity. Diabetics are prone to a narrowing of the arteries to the legs, which causes poor blood flow to the feet. As a result, diabetics frequently experience joint stiffness that may lead to uneven weight distribution and foot ulcerations.
Orthotic devices can offer support and relief from diabetic foot symptoms. The custom-made devices provide total foot contact with materials chosen specifically for the diabetic condition. They are manufactured to disperse weight as evenly as possible throughout the foot and reduce pressure from ulcer-prone areas.