Diabetic Friendly Foot Products

Do you ever wonder if something is labeled “diabetic” for any good purpose? Well, some products are specifically labeled diabetic-safe for a very good reason. Several footcare products, such as over-the-counter corn removers, can truly be dangerous for diabetic feet and have resulted in unnecessary hospitalizations, wounds and infections. Other products are touted “diabetic-friendly” as they have been proven safe, if used as directed, for delicate diabetic feet. When our clinicians make a recommendation for a shoe, sock, cream or service to a diabetic patient, the patient can be assured that the recommendation will not only be safe if used as directed but will likely reduce their risk for future diabetic foot complications.

Orthotics:

Diabetes can cause thinning of the skin and fat pad of your feet. It can also cause contraction of toes and/or reduce the sensation present in your feet. The combination of more prominent bones, thin skin, changes in foot shape and loss of sensation demands specialty orthotics to avoid future complications. You are no longer a candidate for a universal, off-the-shelf insole. BioPed clinicians fabricate custom orthotics from a cast of your foot, using special, soft materials to ensure that your feet are protected with every step.

Footwear:

Diabetic-friendly footwear consists of shoes that provide soft supportive cushioning, free of pressure and frictional spots, which can cause callusing, corns, blisters or wounds. These shoes can be properly fitted off-the-shelf items, modified off-the-shelf shoes or custom-made footwear. They will accommodate a patient’s foot shape/deformity as well as their custom orthotics. The fabric is usually breathable and soft to avoid infection or wounds. They will be available in a number of widths and the toe area is usually extra deep to accommodate any contracted toes. Patients appreciate the non-slip soles and choice of velcro or lace closure that is found in many of these types of shoes. Many of these features combine to create a diabetic shoe that is safe, comfortable and supportive.

“Brian” by Dr. Comfort

Socks:

Some diabetic patients have lost sensation in their feet, making fitting shoes or socks on their own quite troublesome. However, others may have great sensation but are lacking adequate blood supply and are unaware. If blood supply to your feet is compromised, then placing a tight fitting or abrasive sock on can cause pain or even worse, a wound. Socks that are non-constricting, made of moisture-wicking materials, have low profile seams and are non-abrasive are good options for diabetic feet.

Footcare Products:

Certain chemicals, additives and medications can break down the delicate skin of diabetic feet. Some ingredients are great at low levels, but are dangerous at higher levels. Without medical training, it’s difficult to know what over-the-counter products are safe for diabetic feet. It is imperative that any footcare products be either recommended or approved by a Doctor or Foot Specialist.



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