Diabetic Shoes and Inserts: Do You Really Need Them?
There are many reasons that some people may need orthotics, but there are four foot conditions we feel are important to know about.
The 4 common conditions for which orthotics have most potential to help:
- Diabetes: Interferes with circulation in the feet
- Arthritis: Often affects joints of the foot
- Metatarsalgia: Painful foot disorder that affects the bones and joints at the ball of the foot.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Painful inflammation of the sole of the foot.
Diabetes is extremely common. If you are a diabetic, you may have peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness. As a diabetic, ill-fitting shoes rub or pinch the feet which can lead to ulcers and foot injury, because the diabetic doesn't feel the injury until it's too late.
So, properly fitted diabetic shoes and inserts are very important in preventing such injuries. These shoes are often deeper and wider than regular shoes, to make room for diabetic shoe inserts. Diabetic shoe inserts help alleviate and prevent foot pain and injury.
It's crucial for a diabetic to have their shoes custom fitted by a professional, since they may not be able to feel an improper fit.
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