Almost all people with diabetes will have foot problems during their lifetime. In the United States the # 1 reason for diabetics to be hospitalized is a foot problem. The # 1 reason for amputation in the United States is diabetic foot problems. HealthMedica Custom Orthotics will provide tremendous relief of pain associated with diabetes, as well as protect the foot.
Individuals with diabetes may present with the same foot problems as anyone else, but they often have a number of special ones. Diabetics can develop neuropathy, which results in many problems. At first their feet may be hypersensitive (an increase in sensation), where even the slightest pressure is painful. Later hyposensivitiy (a decrease or lack of sensation) may develop. Although this numbness may not be painful, it is a very dangerous situation for the diabetic individual. Even the slightest foot injury or callus formation can be disastrous.
Due to neurological and circulatory foot complications of diabetes, the skin does not respond well to the increased stress associated with callus formation, often forming a skin ulcer. These ulcers can progress to serious limb and even life threatening situations. Calluses are the result of abnormal forces or friction on the skin. This increased pressure, leading to callus formation and pain is due to abnormal foot function during walking and running. The type of callus and symptoms depends on the type of abnormal function. This explains why different calluses can have different symptoms, even on the same person. Neuropathy may magnify symptoms related to walking that normally could be tolerated. No matter what the type of pain, it is the abnormal walk that causes this pain and the reason that walking closer to your ideal with HealthMedica Custom Orthotics will help.
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Understanding Foot Pain
|Heel & Arch Pain||Painful Calluses|
|Diabetic Foot Problems||Ankle Pain|
|Knee & Low Back Pain||Bunions & Hammertoes|
|Test Your Need For Orthotics|
Anatomy & Mechanics
The Gaitscan System
Foot clinic – Guarantee
Foot Clinic FAQ