DIABETIC FOOT (NEUROPATHY)

DIABETIC FOOT (NEUROPATHY)

 

What is diabetic foot?

Diabetic foot, or neuropathy, corresponds to a very widespread complication of diabetes. This condition affects nearly 50% of people with diabetes, even when their blood sugar is rigorously controlled.

 

How can it be recognized?

Neuropathy appears in the foot through a loss of sensation, numbness or tingling in the toes. Pain appears and increases progressively. The symptoms may worsen to the extent of no longer feeling any sensation in the affected toes.

Muscle weakness and gradually weakening of the arches of the foot may also be revealed. Diabetic neuropathy causes man ulcerations and infections of the feet, resulting in amputation in some cases. It is therefore very important to treat it to prevent its deterioration.

 

Treatment solutions for diabetic foot:

  1. Opt for a foot orthosis

A highly cushioned foot orthosis, designed from flexible and comfortable materials, helps relieve pain by uniformizing the support points and the pressure under the foot.

  1. Choose an orthopedic shoe

It is recommended to wear an adapted shoe that respects the anatomy of the foot, eliminates friction of the toes and increases maintenance and stability. The features to prefer are plenty of space in the forefoot without stitches, a wide, flat rocker-type  outer sole, and solid rear reinforcements.