If you’re someone who lives with Diabetes, then you probably know that proper foot care is critical. A great number of diabetics will develop foot problems related to the disease. Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and diabetic neuropathy, which can cause a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can quite easily develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, bunions, hammer toes or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to their insensitivity. Poor shoe fit, excessive pressure, and friction often go undetected. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation.
A diabetic orthotic insole will help prevent foot conditions from developing. Prevention is far better than cure; it can save a lot of money, and a lot of unnecessary suffering. Diabetic orthotics help to avoid pressure sores from developing as a result of friction inside the shoe. A common contributing cause of excess friction and pressure on the foot is over-pronation, leading to poor foot function and friction under the ball of the foot, on the outer edge of the big toe joint and on top of any of the five toe joints. Orthotics help prevent over-pronation and they evenly distribute body weight over the entire surface of the foot, thereby reducing friction and pressure. Diabetic orthotics also:
- detect plantar pressure points early on
- provide off-loading (the distribution of equal plantar pressure throughout the sole of the foot) for the prevention of diabetic ulcers
- decrease the risk of lower extremity amputation
- decrease mortality rate
Diabetic orthotics are covered with a layer of plastazote, the material of choice for chiropodists/foot care specialists at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre. Plastazote conforms rapidly to the individuals foot, providing a glove-like fit which limits rubbing and potential blister or ulcer formation. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre uses state-of-the-art gait scan technology to assess and analyze your diabetic feet. The results of the analysis, combined with the experience of our chiropodists/foot care specialists permits us to successfully detect abnormal foot function which may be affecting your feet and other areas of your body.
Your foot is in contact with the ground for approximately 0.8 of a second while walking, and about 0.25 of a second while running. Due to the rapid movement of the feet, determining normal or abnormal foot function without the use of gait scan technology is very difficult for even the most experienced professional. Gait scan technology records your timing sequences as you walk or run, enabling our practitioners to gain a concise analysis of your foot mechanics, and decide if you would benefit from wearing custom made diabetic orthotics.
Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centres gait scan technology will scan your foot to capture its distribution of pressure, map your foots pressure to determine where there is too much or too little, prints a report which assists our chiropodists/foot care specialists in evaluating your foot function and determining if it is the source of your issue. From there we can decide the necessity for orthotic therapy, and the data is forwarded securely to a laboratory where your custom made diabetic orthotics are made to sufficiently fit your foot and footwear. For more information on our custom made diabetic orthotics, please contact our Hamilton or Brantford locations today.