This webpage explains the importance of receiving regular Diabetic Care from a Podiatric Specialist, as well as the risks to life and limb if you neglect your diabetes and your feet. If you are interested in learning more about Diabetic Shoes, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about their benefits and view some styles.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 18.2 million Americans are affected by diabetes and many suffer from complications related to diabetes. Evidence from two major studies, completed in 1993 (DDT) and 1998 (UKPDS), showed conclusively that improved control of blood glucose levels can make a difference in reducing complications associated with diabetes. In podiatry, the greatest concerns are foot deformities and infection, the latter of which can lead to amputation of the toes, foot, and leg. In the most severe cases, infection can lead to death.
About 5 million Americans are living with diabetes and don’t know it. The diagram below illustrates well the signs and symptoms of diabetes, the complications, and activities aimed at prevention.
Diabetes Facts and Figures
- 28-78% of people with diabetes who have had a previous ulcer will develop another ulcer in the same spot within 12 months
- Diabetics are then 30 times more likely to require an amputation
- After 1 major lower extremity amputation, there is only a 50% survival rate in a 3-year period
- 42% of patients 1-3 years after the first limb amputation have a limb amputation on the other side of the body
A serious complication of diabetes, the Charcot Foot, can lead to ulceration, infection, and amputation.
Usual Locations of Ulcers in the Diabetic Foot
The Charcot Foot
Learn more about
The Charcot Foot Syndrome here
In most cases, limb amputation from diabetes can be totally preventable.
That is why it is so important to see your podiatrist or podiatric surgeon at least twice a year, to ensure you are reducing your risk of infection. One way of reducing your risk is by having your Podiatrist inspect your feet, cut your toenails, trim your calluses, treat any wounds or ulcers, and prescribe Diabetic Shoes for you.
Why do I need Diabetic Shoes?
Diabetic Shoes are covered by almost all insurance companies, and they:
- are light-weight, requiring less energy for walking
- promote healthy circulation, which is so important for healing and preventing wounds
- have more depth, so the extra room allows for any foot changes that occur (calluses, hammertoes etc.)
- are more comfortable to wear, enabling diabetics to be more active and engage in healthy exercise
But are Diabetic Shoes Attractive?
Have a look for yourself! We’ve had patients without diabetes purchase Diabetic Shoes just because they are so modern and fashionable. Here are two samples of women’s shoes and two samples of men’s shoes made by Anodyne:
Women's Diabetic Shoes
Men's Diabetic Shoes
Men’s Casual Dress
Trail Walker Shoes
Browse through the Anodyne Catalog here to view all their Diabetic Shoe styles:
For diabetics being treated for ulcers, Dr. Will Rosena also has methods for offloading pressure to allow your wound to heal. Dr. Rosena is a specialist at the Wound Care Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and has many treatment options for managing diabetic wounds. He is non-judgmental and committed to saving your lower extremity limbs and enhancing your life. Call our office today (716-692-1451) to schedule your appointment with Dr. Will Rosena, DPM.