People with diabetes can achieve the best possible health by managing the various risks they face. Poor circulation is one complication caused by elevated blood sugars. This condition makes it more difficult for wounds to heal — particularly wounds in the lower extremities.
Another complication — nerve damage — makes it possible for slow-healing wounds to go undetected for long periods of time. During this time, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can easily infect the wound. We wash our clothes daily, but fail to follow any regular protocol for our footwear — and yet, this dark, damp, warm environment is where pathogens like to procreate most.
To avoid dangerous diabetic foot infections resulting in hospitalization, surgery, and/or amputation, we recommend preventing foot wounds with orthoses and preventing microbial buildup with a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer.
1. Prevent Foot Wounds by Improving Fit.
Whether you have diabetes or not, you’ll find that determining a shoe fit isn’t always easy. A person’s two feet are rarely identical. One foot may be bigger than the other. You may have bunions, corns, or neuromas that press into your shoes. Inflammation on any given day can turn a well-fitting shoe into a suddenly ill-fitting shoe by the end of the day. Certain shoe styles may also fit in different ways.
“When a person wears shoes that may be uncomfortable because they don’t fit quite right, it is all too easy to develop a sore or blister from the rubbing of the shoe on the foot,” reports ChiroEco.com. They add that orthotic footwear for diabetics are designed to enhance the comfort and support of any shoe you own. For the best results, you should try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen, and look for styles that accommodate orthoses.
2. Prevent Foot Wounds By Reducing Pressure.
Increased, uneven foot pressure is a major cause of foot ulceration. Over time, the fat pads may naturally degrade the feet. Or, in other instances, foot structure (such as pronation or flat arches) may contribute to uneven wear and tear. A 1994 study published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery concluded that “Evaluations show that a custom-made foot orthotic can increase total contact area (redistribute force) and is able to reduce plantar pressures. Thus, an orthotic should reduce the risk of ulceration in the diabetic neuropathic foot.”
3. Prevent Pain & Deformities, like Charcot Foot.
Diabetic patients with flat or high arches are at risk of developing a Charcot foot deformity, according to East Bay Orthotics. Charcot foot is a complication of diabetes where the midfoot collapses, causing inflammation and pain. The use of orthotics can provide support and shock absorption to the diabetic foot to reduce the risk of developing this potentially limb-threatening condition. However, if you already have been diagnosed with Charcot foot, you will likely need more substantial support, such as a Charcot Resistant Orthotic Walker (CROW).
SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer: Another Great Product for Diabetics!
In addition to foot orthoses, diabetic patients would benefit from the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer. Our remarkable device is an affordable and easy way to sanitize your footwear of any harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, or pathogens that may infect your feet and cause complications. To use, place each shoe inside a provided shoe bag, insert the UV sanitization device, and click the “on” switch. In just 45 minutes, the device turns itself off and leaves you with a cleaner, fresher shoe. We recommend that you leave your orthoses in while sanitizing for extra cleanliness.