Custom Insoles Prevent Foot Ulcers: Diabetes Forecast®

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For better foot ulcer protection, step out in the right shoes. A study found that custom-made shoe insoles that ease pressure underneath the foot as a person walks may help prevent a second foot ulcer better than standard insoles, which are made simply by measuring the shape of the foot. Among 150 people with diabetes-related nerve damage and recently healed foot ulcers, those wearing the experimental insoles were three times less likely to get a second ulcer than participants who used the standard insoles. Prevention of foot ulcers is important because they are costly to treat, limit mobility, and can lead to amputation.

Source: Diabetes Care, published online April 23, 2014

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