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What is a Diabetic Foot?

by MASS4D® Insoles January 21, 2018

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with a diabetic foot, you must be wondering about how to take proper care of your feet.

Since diabetic feet are vulnerable to a number of mild-to-severe foot problems, it is necessary to have a proper foot care routine or programme in place that can protect you from these problems.

This becomes even more important considering how ignoring some of these foot problems can result in serious consequences.

Before exploring the different treatment measures available for diabetic feet, it may be helpful to learn more about the condition and its impact on the feet.

Diabetic Feet
Diabetes can cause complications in the feet.

What is a diabetic foot?

Diabetes can cause foot problems, such as damage to the nerves or blood vessels, that can lead to people losing feeling in their feet. As a result of this, you may be unable to feel even the slightest cut or blister which can go unnoticed for weeks or months.

The biggest problem with this is that it can eventually become an ulcer or infection, and in severe cases, may require amputation. This becomes worse as the damage to blood vessels reduces blood flow and oxygen delivery, which slows down the healing process.

You may also experience difficulty in walking because of weakened muscles at the bottom of the foot. Since obesity is closely linked to diabetes, the extra weight may only further slow you down.

Obesity also increases your chances of having foot posture problems such as flat arches. This will only make you more vulnerable to ulcers because of the uneven distribution of weight.

This is why it is necessary to identify and treat risk factors for foot complications early on in the prevention process.

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Diabetic foot risk factors

As a diabetic, it may help you to know about a few factors which can be easily avoided to protect you from foot problems such as ulcers.

For example, if you have any of these risk factors – low immune function, nerve damage, poor blood flow, foot posture problems or movement disorders – you should consider getting your feet frequently examined for infections.

Besides causing a number of health complications, smoking has been proven to increase the chances of ulcerations in diabetics; if you have diabetes, it is advisable to stop smoking in order to prevent ulcers and foot infections.

Weight-related issues can also act as a contributing factor in the formation of foot ulcers. This is because of increased pressure on the feet which can create ‘hot spots’ or high-stress regions.

Diabetic foot preventive steps

Diabetic feet should be taken seriously and appropriate steps must be followed to prevent the condition from worsening. Managing blood glucose levels and observing a daily foot care regimen can help keep the feet healthy.

Your diabetic foot care routine should involve regular checking of feet for any open wounds that could potentially become infected.

It is important to note that while not all ulcers may be infected, these still require appropriate care and must be examined by a diabetes specialist, irrespective of whether they are infected or not.

Anytime you notice redness, warmth, swelling, pain and discharge, visit a physician who can carefully inspect the infected wound or ulcer and recommend treatment options.

Comfortable footwear is recommended for diabetic feet to prevent ulcers and infections from getting worse. Proper cushioning is also essential for wound management and for preventing injuries from occurring.

After examining a person’s medical history, foot structure, weight distribution to the feet and any existing blisters or infections, the health care professional can prepare an appropriate preventative care strategy.

MASS4D® Insoles can help diabetic feet  

Customised foot insoles can be recommended to provide proper cushioning and promote normal distribution of weight throughout the feet.

This reduces stress on the bottom surface of the foot which is crucial in preventing ulcers and infections from getting worse.

The use of custom foot insoles can help in minimising stress in the ‘at-risk’ areas while promoting an equal distribution of weight in the feet.

By making full contact with your feet, these insoles provide the support needed to achieve a healthy foot posture and reduce abnormalities in foot movement.

Moreover, custom orthotics help you stay on your feet longer so you can remain active with walking and exercises. This lessens the possibility of developing other diabetic complications such as heart diseases, kidney disease or stroke.

MASS4D® custom insoles are available in a Bi-Lam cover that is ideal for diabetics as it offers double layer cushioning to protect the feet from ulcers. They provide heel and forefoot support to reduce pressure on the bottom surface of the feet.

Contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with a certified MASS4D® provider in your area.

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