What are diabetic shoes and why might they benefit me?
According to the Center for Disease Control there are over 29.5 million people in the US with diabetes; that’s almost 10% of the population. One problem that many diabetics face is problems with blood circulation and neuropathy in the feet. Poorly Controlled blood sugar can damage many parts of the body including nerves and blood vessels that go into the feet. For this reason people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing foot problems. Wearing specially designed diabetic shoes help reduce risks and risks and promote healthy circulations in your feet.
Foot ulceration is a common and debilitating complication of diabetes, affecting approximately 15% of people with diabetes. The long term outcome of foot ulceration is devasting, and substantial poropotion of diabetics (11-26%) develop foot uclerations that progress into amputation.
Studies have shown therapeutic foot wear can decrease ulcers and amputations in diabetic patients. Diabetic shoes or inserts are designed to reduce the risk of skin breakdown with from a pre-exsiting foot problems resulting from diabetes.Some foot problems associated with diabetes are impaired sensation or foot pain, some risks of amputaion, and foot ulcers. In clinical trials it has been shown that wearing therapeutic footwear can lower amputation rates by up to 18%, and up to 12% for foot uclers.
Diabetic shoes are designed to have extra depth so they can be accompanied by an insert, arch support, or shoe fillers such as lifts, wedges, or heels. They are also free of seams and joints on the inside of the shoe, so there is less friction and the potential for blisters. The diabetic shoes and custom-molded inserts work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobilty. The shoes and inserts are fitted and customized to each individuals needs through a certified fitter.
Diabetic shoes can be covered by your insurance, but they are also available to purchase in the same way you buy any other pair of shoes. In order to be considered for coverage under your insurance plan you will need to consult with your doctor and have a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Medicare has some strict guidelines that are outlined here. If your doctor has recommended diabetic shoes, or if you have any questions, please call us. We have certified fitters on staff and we carry a wide selection of diabetic shoes to meet the needs of just about anyone.