The Diabetic Foot

If you’re someone who lives with Diabetes, you know that proper foot care is critical.  Diabetics often suffer from poor circulation and the loss of feeling in their extremities – most commonly in their feet.  Throughout the course of the diabetic process, neuropathy can lead to sensory difficulties.  Poor shoe fit, excessive pressure and friction, and even full-blown injuries often go undetected.  The result is infection, skin ulcerations and finally, amputation in some cases.
 

The importance of proper shoe fit

To avoid friction, stress and pressure sores, you must have shoes that fit properly.  For optimal support, make sure your shoe matches the length and width of your foot and that it provides an appropriate heel counter.  Confirm that there aren’t any obtrusive seams or stitching inside because this will cause rubbing and chafing against your foot.
 

Orthotics for the Diabetic Foot

Foot orthotics help to avoid pressure sores from developing as a result of friction inside the shoe.  One of the most common foot conditions that causes friction and pressure is over-pronation.  An over-pronating foot eventually leads to poor foot function and friction under the ball of the foot, on the outer edge of the big toe joint and on top of any of the five toe joints.
 

Footlogics Diabetic orthotic insoles

Footlogics Sensi Diabetic Orthotic Insoles help to evenly distribute your body weight over the entire surface of your foot.  This is a “full contact” insole with a footbed that ensures proper biomechanical gait, which reduces and prevents excess friction from occurring. 
 

What are Footlogics Sensi Orthotic made of?

Footlogics Diabetic Orthotics are made of a cushioning PU Gel that moulds to the shape of your foot after just a few days of regular wear.  To add comfort as you walk and minimize shearing, chafing and friction, the top layer of the orthotic is made of soft Plastazote.  It is important to note that although they have proved to be quite helpful to many people who suffer from Diabetes, you should consult with your doctor prior to purchasing a pair of diabetic orthotics.
 

Helpful foot tips for Diabetics

Follow these useful tips to protect your feet:
  • Inspect your feet on a daily basis
  • Look for signs of sores, swelling, discoloration, cuts and blisters (use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet, if need be)
  • Keep your feet clean (wash with warm, not hot, water with a mildly concentrated soap and dry with care, particularly between your toes)
  • In dry skin areas, use lotion but never between your toes (use foot powder between your toes)
  • Keep your toenails trimmed and make cuts straight across the top of the nail (contact a podiatrist for assistance)
  • Change your socks or stockings every day
  • Avoid tight elastics on your socks – seamless, fitted socks are best
 
For more information and helpful tips, please visit the Canadian Diabetes Association.
 

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