If you have diabetes and do not take precautions to maintain healthy feet, you are likely to suffer foot problems caused by nerve damage, poor circulation and infections. A small wound or blister caused by wearing an ill-fitted shoe can cause a lot of damage.
Orthotic House, alongside your health care professional, can help to prevent and treat pressure wounds, ulcers and related high-risk conditions that are unique to people with diabetes.
Our Orthotics footwear range includes modified footwear, sandals and walking shoes that are specially designed to redistribute pressure and decrease friction.
Diabetes decreases blood flow.
Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk of infection. As a diabetic, infections can spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day; if you are unable to do so, get someone to help you or use a mirror.
If you have any of the following signs and symptoms, or you find that getting out and about is a painful experience, then we can help.
Burning, tingling or pain
Red spots, blisters, calluses, ulcers or infected corns or nails
Tenderness and swelling
Hair loss on your toes, feet or lower legs
Red streaks or change in the skin colour or general appearance of your feet
Numbness, loss of sensation to heat, cold or touch
During your foot exam, we will check for poor circulation, nerve damage, and skin changes. We will also discuss your footwear requirements, taking into consideration your lifestyle and activity levels, and then custom-fit you with orthotic footwear that will help you enjoy everyday activities.
Choose Orthotic House footwear, in conjunction with medical treatment, to help prevent pain and discomfort in your feet. You do not need to sacrifice style for comfort; our modern range of leisure, casual and dress shoes, for both men and women, is designed to help you get back on your feet, comfortably.
We recommend you bring a selection of your everyday footwear to your consultation. We provide advice about shopping for shoes in a retail store and show you different types of footwear that would be appropriate for you to wear the times you may require alternative footwear.
Meanwhile...early prevention can reduce your chance of problems
Simply follow a regular foot care routine:
Check your feet and toes, including the tops, sides, soles and heels, for any cracked skin, redness, sores, cuts, blisters and bruises. (Use a mirror or ask for help if needed.)
Wash your feet
Daily in warm water with a gentle soap. Harsh soaps and hot water can damage your skin. Use your elbow to check the water temperature because your diabetes may make it difficult to sense the temperature with your feet.
Dry your feet
Infection develops in moist areas. Pat your feet dry, including the area between your toes.
Moisturise dry skin
Use a natural moisturiser if your feet feel dry or rough. Do not use moisturiser between your toes.
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