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Foot Orthotics Help People with Diabetes

How Custom Foot Orthotics Help People with Diabetes

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The Lifesaving Support: How Custom Foot Orthotics Help People with Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While managing blood sugar levels is a primary concern, diabetes also brings a host of potential complications, particularly for the feet. Foot problems are common among individuals with diabetes, but there’s a powerful ally that can make a significant difference in their overall foot health: custom foot orthotics.

Understanding the Diabetes-Foot Connection

Diabetes can damage nerves (neuropathy) and reduce blood flow to the feet. This combination can result in reduced sensation, making it challenging to detect injuries or blisters. Additionally, poor blood circulation can lead to slow wound healing, which increases the risk of infection. It’s a perfect storm for foot problems, ranging from minor annoyances like corns and calluses to severe conditions like ulcers and even amputations.

The Role of Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics, also known as orthopedic insoles or diabetic insoles, are specially designed shoe inserts tailored to an individual’s unique foot shape and gait. Here’s how they can be a game-changer for people with diabetes:

1. **Pressure Redistribution:** Custom foot orthotics are crafted to distribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing the risk of high-pressure points that can lead to calluses, ulcers, and wounds. This is critical for individuals with diabetes who may have compromised sensation and are less likely to notice these issues.

2. **Arch Support:** Many people with diabetes develop flat feet or other structural problems. Custom orthotics provide essential arch support, reducing strain on the feet and ankles and improving overall comfort.

3. **Shock Absorption:** These insoles are designed to absorb shock and reduce the impact on the feet during walking or other activities. This is crucial for preventing injuries and reducing discomfort, especially for those with neuropathy.

4. **Accommodating Deformities:** For individuals with foot deformities or irregularities caused by diabetes, such as Charcot foot, custom orthotics can be designed to accommodate and support these unique conditions, aiding in stability and balance.

5. **Preventing Complications:** By reducing pressure, improving support, and enhancing comfort, custom orthotics play a significant role in preventing common diabetes-related foot complications, including diabetic neuropathy and ulcer formation.

6. **Improved Mobility:** Comfortable and properly aligned feet encourage individuals with diabetes to remain active and engage in regular physical activity, which is crucial for managing blood sugar levels and overall health.

Foot Orthotics Help People with Diabetes

Foot Orthotics Help People with Diabetes

The Process of Getting Custom Foot Orthotics

Obtaining custom foot orthotics typically involves a series of steps:

1. **Assessment:** A healthcare provider, often a podiatrist, assesses the patient’s foot and gait to identify specific needs and any existing issues.

2. **Scanning:** The provider takes a digital scan of the patient’s feet to create a precise model for the orthotics.

3. **Custom Design:** The orthotics are then custom-designed to address the patient’s unique requirements, such as pressure points, arch support, and foot deformities. This is done via CAD-CAM software.

4. **Fitting:** Once the orthotics are ready, they are fitted into the patient’s shoes to ensure a proper fit and comfort.

Conclusion

Custom foot orthotics are invaluable tools in the fight against diabetes-related foot problems. They provide crucial support, reduce pressure, and enhance comfort, all of which are essential for preventing complications and maintaining mobility. For individuals with diabetes, investing in custom foot orthotics is an investment in their long-term foot health and overall well-being. These simple inserts can make a world of difference, helping individuals with diabetes step confidently on their journey to better health.

 

Contact us today if you have diabetes to get your custom foot orthotics.

Heel Pain in Children

Custom orthotics for severs disease

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Custom orthotics for severs disease

Custom orthotics are widly used for severs disease. If done right they can have a great effect in help reduce pain in in childrens feet, alowing them to continue doing exercise and walking with less if not no pain.

Severs disease is growing pains in the heel of kids feet. It mostly occurs in in children aged 9-13. Although they will eventually grow out of it, it can be debilitating at times. The pain can make children avoid speding time on their feet, doing sport and activities. Keeping chrildren active, moving and therefore happy is the main objective. Nobody in pain and avoiding the activies they love is happy.

Orthotic prescription

When prescribing orthotics for sever there a a few things that we aim todo.

  1. To start, we are aiming to take pressure away from the heel area. This is done by providing adequate arch support. The more weight we can redistrobute away from the heel the less pain that they will experience.
  2. The next is providing extra cushiong. Hard floors and vibrating increase pain, and so adding extra lawyers of cushing can reduce pain.
  3. Adding a heel lift helps reduce pull of the achillies on the heel. This is done via footwear that have a heel pitch built in. The orthotics under the heel also add a slight heel lift to reduce pain.
  4. Pronation can cause strain on the heel. The foot rolling inward causes the calf muslce to pull on the heel bone. The orthotics can be used to reduce pronations to help reduce pain.
  5. Soft top covers on the orthotics can help further add cushioning.

We commonly use Custom orthotics for severs and found them much more effective than off the shelf ones. This is due to the range of customisation we have to aim the orthotics at the child at hand. Having the right support, the right arch height, the right amount of chsioning to maximises the effects of the orthotics. They are also much more durable than over the counter products.

If your child is experiencing heel pain then give us a call today to see how custom orthotics can help them.

 

Blog written by Mike, Podiatrist

Custom orthotics for hypermobility

Custom orthotics for hypermobility

Custom orthotics for hypermobility 804 750 Ace Health Centre

Custom orthotics for hypermobility

Custom orthotics are widely used for symptomatic hypermobility. This occurs in adults and children. Hypermobility is widely genetic. Passed down from parents to children. There are also other types of hypermobilty which are genetic abnormalities such as marfams, or Ehlers danlos syndrome.

Joint range of motion

Joint have a range of motion that is whithin normal limits. Hypermobilty is when these joints move much further than they should do. For example. The big toe joint is meant to have aprox 45 degess for walking and up to around 60 degress. More than 90 degress is considered abnormal and hypermobile. The are a few different tests that you can do in order to see how flexable you really are. The main tests are done under the beightons scale for hypermobility.

Here are examples of a few test that are used in order to diagnose your level of hypermobiltiy.

  • Bend forward and place your hands flat on the floor without bending your knees.
  • Straighten your elbows past a neutral position (hyperextend) (one point for each elbow).
  • Straighten your knees past a neutral position (hyperextend) (one point for each knee).
  • Bend your pinky (little) fingers back beyond 90 degrees (one point for each finger).
  • Bend your thumbs back to touch your forearms (one point for each thumb).

The Orthotics

The orthotics that this client has been made for has been suffering from aching legs, feet, knees and loweer back. When a joint it hypermobile it becomes very unstable. This instubility requires your muscles to work overtime in order stablise the joint. This results in fatique and aching.

Custom orthotics are commonly used for hypermobilty to help stabalise the feet which can help in reduceing overuse. This in turns helps reduce the aching and fatique.The orthotics are only as good as the shoes that they are put into. This is why it is important for the podiatrist to give footwear recomendations that are suitable to put the orthotics into.

If you think that you are hypermobile and experience aching feet or legs then book in with our podiatrist today.

 

Blog written by Mike, Podiatrist