Diabetic Foot

Diabetic Foot Care And Diabetic Foot Insoles

For those suffering from diabetes, taking proper care of your feet is very important. Diabetics typically suffer from poor circulation and loss of sensation in their extremities and this is most commonly seen in their feet. As their diabetes progresses, they can develop neuropathy which sees sensory difficulties, often allowing for poor fit of shoes, excessive pressure and friction and other injuries to go undetected. Because of this, diabetics are particularly prone to ulcerations, infections and in extreme cases, amputation.

For this reason, proper shoe fit is crucial to avoiding friction, pressure sores and excess stress on the feet. Shoes have to match foot length and width as well as provide proper support for the heel. There needs to be minimal or no seams or stitching inside the shoe where possible, which could result in rubbing or chafing and ultimately, damage to the foot.

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Diabetic Foot Insoles To Relieve Pain

Diabetic foot insoles, also known as Orthotic insoles, can be very useful in avoiding excess friction or pressure sores on the foot. This is particularly common in cases of over-pronation. Over-pronation, or fallen arches, tends to lead to poor foot function as a whole, resulting in friction and pressure inside the shoe against particular points in the foot. Common places for this kind of friction include the ball of the foot and on the outside of the big toe. It’s also common to see friction on the top of the toe joints, as well as between the toes.

FootActive Comfort Orthotic insoles or FootActive Sensi insoles are carefully designed diabetic foot insoles that offer ‘full contact’, distributing weight over the entire surface of the foot. This not only offers support and improved comfort for the wearer, but the footbed also ensures and enables proper biomechanical gait, reducing and preventing excess friction overall.

Made from a soft-medium density EVA, the diabetic foot insoles will mould to your foot after a few weeks of wear. With the top layer crafted from soft Durapontex for extra shock absorption and comfort, diabetic wearers can get the support they need without risking friction.

NOTE: Diabetes sufferers should always consult their Physician or Podiatrist before wearing orthotics and to gain insight into the support needed.

How Else Can I Manage Diabetic Feet Pain?

While diabetic foot insoles offer the support necessary to reduce friction and improve support, there are a number of other actions you can take to reduce the chance of pain or discomfort from your feet or capture potential issues before they can become worse. Some actions you can take include:

  • Take time to inspect your feet every day, looking for sores, swelling, discolouration, cuts or blisters. You can use a mirror to inspect the bottom of your foot if necessary.
  • Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with warm water and mild soap. Take the time to dry your feet carefully, paying careful attention to the spaces between the toes.
  • Use lotions or foot creams on dry skin but avoid using these between the toes. You can utilise foot powders between the toes where needed or desired.
  • Cut your toenails straight across and ensure you keep them trimmed. If you are unable to do this yourself or would like instruction, contact a chiropodist.
  • Change your socks and stockings every day and try and purchase only seamless, fitted socks. Make sure to avoid tight elastics.

If you are looking to use Diabetic foot insoles, ensure you speak to your GP or an expert to determine whether this is the best solution for foot support. They will also be able to provide you with case-specific care instructions for your feet.

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