Orthotics – Diabetic Care
Orthotic Diabetic Care
Diabetes is a disease that is hard on every part of a patient’s body–especially the feet. Taking proper care of the feet is important (even in the earliest stages of the disease)to help prevent and alleviate neuropathy, numbness and other frustrating complications. With the right diabetic orthotics, pain or lack of sensation in the feet can be greatly reduced, leading to a better quality of life.
What are diabetic shoes?
Diabetic shoes are specially constructed footwear or inserts designed to help diabetics either avoid foot pain, numbness or other ailments; or to keep such issues from getting worse.
What is the difference between diabetic shoes and regular shoes?
While diabetic shoes often do not look much different from standard footwear, they perform an important function above and beyond helping the wearer walk. Orthotic footwear offers an extra level of support to the ankle, heel and arch of the foot. It also offers additional cushioning. These features protect a diabetic’s feet from neuropathy, numbness, blisters, ulcers and other problems.
Why wear diabetic shoes?
Because diabetes can cause nerve damage, the disease also leaves a patient less capable of sensing a problem with their feet. This means blisters, ulcers and other damage can become severe before the patient is even aware of an issue. Diabetic orthotic footwear, inserts and other protective products help such afflictions from striking, or from becoming worse.
What do diabetic shoes do?
Generally, diabetic shoes, inserts and other diabetic foot orthotics offer additional support, absorb more shock, and provide a greater degree of cushioning than standard footwear. This support and protection reduces the amount of pressure and stress placed on the foot, and the level of wear and rubbing on the skin. This reduces the risk of blisters, ulcers, neuropathy and other injuries.
How do I get diabetic shoes?
While general retail stores offer some products promising relief for diabetic wearers, these generally do not offer the same level of care that custom-molded shoes, specialized orthotics for diabetics, and other products provided by specialists. For optimal protection, shoes and diabetic foot orthotics should be sourced from a provider experienced in diabetic care.
Where can I buy diabetic shoes?
Schreck & Siress offers a wide range of shoes for diabetic feet, in addition to diabetic compression hose, foot orthotics, and other specialty products. You can view these items below, or you are welcome to make an appointment to visit one of our many Chicagoland locations for personal service.
What is a diabetic boot?
A diabetic boot is a larger, more limiting diabetic orthotic. It’s designed to limit the mobility of the foot, ankle and toes in order to protect the foot from diabetic ulcers. Although more limiting in mobility than a diabetic shoe, diabetic boots can potentially shorten healing time.
What products are available for diabetic feet?
Schreck & Siress offers a full range of diabetic footwear and other protective solutions designed to improve a diabetic patient’s foot health. If you are unsure which product would work best for you, please feel free to contact our specialists.
Custom molded shoes
Our orthotists can craft a tailor-made shoe from a cast of your foot. This is especially beneficial for patients with ulcers, bunions, amputations and other conditions that make standard shoes a challenge.
Diabetic neuropathic shoes
When a diabetic is concerned about foot pain, numbness or other nerve challenges relating to their condition, these shoes offer additional protection and comfort to help mitigate the challenge:
- Wedge shoes: These protective diabetic shoes promote healing in the event of surgery or severe ulcers.
- Plastazote shoe: This footwear is composed of a stretchable material that permits rooms for surgical dressings or various foot deformities.
- CROW boot: The Charcot restraint orthotic walker boot offers a high degree of protection and support for problematic ulcers, or that need support for a Charcot ankle.
- Foot orthotics: These shoe inserts help diabetic patients alleviate problems with their feet, knees, hips, and back.
- Compression hose: These supportive diabetic hose deliver constant pressure to help deal with swelling and circulation problems.
Do you have questions about what diabetic foot orthotics are right for you? Contact an orthotics specialist today.
Recent changes to Medicare’s Therapeutic Shoe Policy (policy Article A47129) now require more extensive medical documentation.
Please PRINT and COMPLETE the two forms below to be filled out by the physician who manages your diabetes. They are required for your initial evaluation with Scheck & Siress.
Click here for the Diabetic Footwear Forms.
Diabetic Neuropathic Shoes
These shoes provide the protection and comfort many patients need due to their diabetes or neuropathy.
For patients who have had surgery or have a severe ulcer, the wedge shoe promotes healing.
Custom Molded Shoe
When diabetic ulcers, amputations, bunions or other deformities make shoes difficult to wear, your orthotist can create a custom shoe from a cast of your foot.