Why the right fit is so important for diabetic foot health
Did you know 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer?
What’s more, and what’s worse, is that 1 in 5 ulcers lead to toe or foot amputation.
However, most foot ulcers are preventable. In fact, research tells us 4 out of 5 diabetic foot ulcers are caused by ill-footing shoes.
With the right shoes you are less likely to incur the kinds of minor injuries that can lead to an ulcer.
Foot Balance Technology can assess your risk, accurately measure your feet and recommend or make the right shoes for you.
Where necessary, we can also work with your health care team to fabricate orthoses to better support your foot.
Unique and universal
Every foot and every person’s experience with diabetes is different.
But every person with diabetes should see a podiatrist regularly and have a comprehensive foot care program in place.
Why? Because when you work with a health care team (including your doctor, a podiatrist and pedorthist) you can stop ulcers before they take hold and reduce your chance of amputation by 85%.
As you can tell, I’m passionate about diabetic foot health, in fact I’m currently completing my PhD in Diabetic Foot Health and Footwear.
This study builds on my work with the High Risk Foot clinics at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Nepean, St Vincents and Blacktown hospitals and with a range of specialists from surgeons to prosthetists.
And if my experience and studies have taught me anything it is this – choose the right shoes!
Change your view
If at this point, you’re picturing a pair of “Granny” or “Granddad” shoes that lack any kind of style, stop right there!
With Foot Balance Technology, you don’t have to sacrifice style to look after your feet.
We offer a wide range of fashionable custom and prefabricated footwear.
Yes, diabetic footwear has to be “accommodative” (I’ll explain this in a minute), but it should also look good and accommodate your lifestyle. Which means that as long as you wear the right shoes you can run that half marathon.
Shoes with five-star accommodation
In terms of footwear, and diabetic footwear in particular, “accommodative” means shoes that evenly distribute pressure across the bottom of your feet to help prevent callouses or ulcers.
As you may or may not know, diabetes can lead to decreased sensation and circulation in your feet, and this is why ulcers can be limb threatening.
Because of this, you should have your shoes professionally fitted by a qualified pedorthist.
The pedorthists at Foot Balance Technology make sure your shoes are the right width and depth, that you have enough toe room and that any unique characteristics of your foot (don’t worry, we’ve all got them) are accommodated. In other words, we make sure your shoes protect your feet.
Where necessary, our team can design and fabricate a custom-made shoe just for you – it doesn’t get more accommodating than that.
Want to know more?
Take a look at the range of shoes we offer here.
Call our friendly team today to find out how Foot Balance Technology can play an important role in your diabetic foot care plan.