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Therapeutic Shoes Help Reduce Diabetes Complications

September 11, 2016 12:26 PM
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If you or a loved one has diabetes, you already know how essential it is to prevent complications from this life-long disease. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. This complication particularly affects the feet and leads to pain, tingling, loss of feeling, and even structural changes. Because of the altered sensations, people with diabetic neuropathy have problems with balance, walking, and can develop foot ulcers that are difficult to heal.

Therapeutic shoes can be very essential in preserving foot health and a patient’s ability to remain independent. Special shoes for people with diabetes must be prescribed by a physician such as a podiatrist, and fitted by a podiatrist or healthcare provider with special training. Therapeutic shoes are designed to relieve foot pressure and are equipped with removable, custom-molded orthotics such as arch supports, lifts, wedges, etc. These days, therapeutic shoes are very stylish and are not very different from many commercial, non-therapeutic shoes.

Therapeutic shoes can be covered by Medicare or other insurance. Check with your particular insurance carrier or your podiatrist’s office. If you have diabetes, ask your primary care provider or endocrinologist about how to maintain your foot health. Keep feet clean and dry and see a podiatrist regularly. 

 

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