An essential part of any comprehensive plan to prevent diabetic foot ulcers is proper footwear. If the shoe is worn out or not fitting quite right, rubbing can occur. This repetitive trauma can cause blisters, corns, callouses, infections and ultimately ulcers. For diabetics who suffer from neuropathy, the lack of protective sensation is an especially dangerous factor in causing diabetic ulcers.
Fortunately for diabetics with documented risk factors, such as poor circulation or neuropathy, Medicare as well as other insurances allow for dispensing of diabetic shoes and heat molded inserts. These shoes and inserts must be prescribed and professionally fitted by a qualified foot care specialist.
No longer are diabetic shoes exclusively black, bulky and ugly. Today's diabetic shoe choices include many attractive styles and colors, indistinguishable from other shoes.
The inserts are heat molded to ensure total contact with the feet. This prevents the rubbing and friction that causes corns, callouses, and wounds.
If you have diabetes and are concerned that your feet are at risk of complications, contact our office. We provide a comprehensive foot exam and can determine if you qualify for diabetic shoes. Wearing proper shoes can ensure that you continue to walk through life with healthy and happy feet.
Evan Kelner, DPM (732) 988-0070 (732) 286-9200