Diabetic foot ulcers are a costly complication of diabetes, reducing people’s quality of life, and increasing morbidity, mortality and healthcare expenditure. Additionally, diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower extremity amputations and cause approximately 2% of all hospitalisations. Therefore, the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers is of paramount importance. Good footwear and socks can greatly lower the risk of diabetic foot ulcers from occurring.
Use of inappropriate footwear or walking barefoot typically increases the magnitude of the local mechanical repetitive stresses on the foot that are leading causes of the development of diabetic foot ulceration. Therefore, it is highly recommended that people with diabetes wear appropriate footwear designed to reduce repetitive stresses at all times, to help prevent diabetic foot ulceration. Below is a list of the features that all good shoes should have:
While not all diabetics are required to wear diabetic socks, people with diabetes have sensitive feet and need to protect their feet more than others. Diabetic socks are specially designed to decrease the risk of foot injury, to offer maximum blood flow, and keep the feet dry. The best diabetic socks should have the following features:
If you have any questions or would like to discuss appropriate footwear and socks for diabetics feel free to visit us in the Marrickville clinic and we will be happy to answer your questions.
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