Diabetes and The Common Foot Problems

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet

Diabetes is a serious illness that an estimated 371 million people in the world currently suffer from, according to jdrf.org. Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin necessary to absorb the appropriate amount of glucose in the blood. Foot health is important to anyone, but it is especially important for those who suffer from diabetes because they are frequently subject to nerve and circulation issues.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that those who suffer from diabetes should check their feet every day. Check for abrasion, irritation, inflammation, odd coloration or texture, unusual odor, firm or hardened areas, and/or other changes to the feet.

It is also recommended that diabetes sufferers see a healthcare professional at least once a year for a full foot screening, or immediately if there are any signs of changes or of broken skin or ulcers. Foot problems are the leading cause of hospitalizations for patients with diabetes. And about half of patients with diabetes have nerve damage, which can cause numbness, pain, and weakness in the feet or other parts of the body.

Diabetes patients should wash their feet frequently with warm water and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Moisturizers should be applied to the feet, but not between the toes.

As you can imagine, it can be very frustrating to look for comfortable footwear while suffering from the effects of diabetes. Here at TheInsoleStore.com, we have just what you need!

Insoles Specifically Designed to Help Those with Diabetes

There are several insoles on the market today that are designed to assist those suffering from diabetes. Diabetic Insoles typically feature either a Plastazote or a Microcell Foam top coat, soft cushioning, and gentle support. Below you will find several examples of diabetic insoles which can suit your footcare needs:

The Spenco Medics Diabetic Insoles combine the best of Spenco Medical advance technology of using the 'Total Support' footbed platform for arch support and a deep heel cup coupled with a plastazote foam top-coat & heel/ball of foot Spencore padding for extra cushion where shock absorption is most needed. Ideal for all foot arch types with cushioned arch support. This is a favorite among our clients who seek cushioned arch support with a denser padding for extra cushioning from heel to toe.

The ProThotics Comfort Gel Insoles are specially designed for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis, or other sensitive feet conditions. These insoles will fit into any traditional footwear as well as orthopedic shoes. They feature a Vygel heel cup for heel support and shock absorption, a soft polyurethane base for flexibility, and a Plastazote top coat to prevent insole breakdown and to protect the foot. These insoles are perfect for all arch types (high, medium/neutral, low/flat) and offer cushioning without arch support. A very soft insole that is relatively flat from heel to toe.

The Pedag Sensitive Insoles offer soft foot support for sensitive feet, ideal for those with arthritis, diabetes, rheumatism, or neuropathy. The flexible arch and deep heel cup makes this insole ideal for those with sensitive feet who also want gentle arch support. They are machine washable and very lightweight. These insoles are suitable for all arch types and feature cushioned arch support.

The 10 Seconds 3020 Pressure Relief Insoles will assist those with diabetic and arthritic needs. This insole features a deep heel cup to assist with heel stabilization, Abzorb cushioning made of Poron for additional cushioning and shock absorption for the heel and forefoot, and built-in airflow channels designed to keep the feet cool and dry. This insoles is suitable for all arch types and offers cushioning without arch support. They are the thickest and deepest cushioning and come in the 10 Seconds 3030 Pressure Relief Insoles with a metatarsal pad.

Insoles can be beneficial for those with foot pain. They are especially essential for diabetics seeking relief from the effects and sensitive needs of diabetes. We also have wide diabetic insoles too -Check out the best insoles for diabetics today, at TheInsoleStore.com!

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