Bespoke insoles are often prescribed to diabetic patients to prevent or solve foot related issues. Whether diabetic patients are in the early phase of the disease, or are already a patient for several years, wearing custom-made insoles can avoid many diabetic foot injuries. Wonder what bespoke insoles can do for you as a diabetic patient? Quickly continue reading to discover all benefits.
Diabetes and footwear
Diabetic patients should always pay special attention to the fit, shape and size of the shoes they wear. The insole is a main factor that decides whether a shoe fits well. Most shoes however, are standard delivered with low-quality, prefabricated insoles. These type of insoles don’t provide any extra support for your ankle, arch or heel. For diabetic patients this can be the cause of painful pressure points, blisters, or even more negative foot-related conditions.
As a diabetic is it therefore important to take footcare and insoles extremely seriously. By not doing so, you are in risk of serious, and painful, foot-related complications.
The effects of diabetes on your feet
The most widespread problem a diabetes patient can face is the so-called diabetic foot. As a diabetic, a loss of sensation in both feet can appear due to nerve damage from increased blood sugar levels. Whenever they get a cut, ulcers or blister, it is likely they won’t notice it.
Furthermore, the flow of oxygen and blood is restricted when a person suffers from diabetes. This makes it harder for the body to heal these types of injuries. In the end simple wounds can end up in infections, which in addition can cause muscle weakness or muscle shrinkage. The most serious diabetic related foot injuries can even result in amputation.
Footcare for diabetic patients
During early stages of diabetes, it is likely diabetics patients experience no loss of sensation, and have no additional foot-related problems. This is the main reason clients should consider wearing custom-made insoles as soon as they are diagnosed with diabetes.
From day one, custom-made insoles can help to relieve high-pressure areas, which can result in blisters and cuts in their feet. Bespoke insoles also reduce the amount of vertical pressure that is experienced by both feet. In both cases custom insoles can serve as the perfect remedy to prevent foot-related complications.
Does you patient already suffer from diabetes for a longer period? Even then bespoke insoles can prevent or solve many foot-related injuries. Deformities that are a result of diabetes can be accommodated with the help of custom-made shoe inserts. Also, further damage can be avoided thanks to the use of these insoles. In summary: custom-made insoles can relieve pain, decrease inflammation and result in a more functional foot for diabetic patients
Scientific proven results for diabetic clients
Diabetic patients should understand the impact that custom-made insoles can have on the quality of their life. The influence of bespoke insoles on pain relieve and the prevention of injuries can’t be stressed enough. That is why many academic research is available that supports the fact that custom-made insoles are indispensable for diabetic patients:
- Custom-made insoles significantly decrease peak pressures and force-time integrals in the heel and first metatarsal head regions. When prefabricated insoles are used, pressures and integrals were significantly increased in the medial midfoot region.*
- Custom-made insoles gave lower pressures at the heel region. The levels of satisfaction under (diabetic) users of the custom-insoles was high.**
The custom-made insoles are therefore everything you need as a diabetic patient. Our high-quality bespoke insoles are always designed for the size, shape and structure of your feet. This make them the perfect remedy against possible foot-related injuries.
Why choose the insoles of LFT?
At LFT we understand that foot-related issues can have different causes. Furthermore, every foot has its own shape, size and characteristics. This means a specific type of custom-made insole might be more effective for diabetic patients. That is why we offer an extensive range of materials during the production of our custom-made insoles. LFT can develop over hundred combinations of material based on EVA, cork, ESD and multi-layer shore combinations. It is even possible to add specific podotherapeutic, podological or orthopedic elements to the insole.
Prefabricated insoles can wear out within several months. The custom-made insoles of LFT stay in perfect shape for many years. Thanks to the use of MemoFlex material, the inserts will support the feet of diabetic patients for an extensive period. MemoFlex is the new professional standard in milling blocks. Thanks to its high memory properties, our bespoke insoles retain their original shape for years.
Relieve your patients’ feet from pressure and prevent wounds and blisters. The LFT custom-made inserts offer maximum support and provide excellent cushioning. We offer diabetic patients a high level of comfort that benefits their daily lives.
Prevent foot-related problems for diabetic patients
Wearing the correct insoles is extremely important for any diabetic patient. During the early phases of diabetes, custom-made insoles can prevent (severe) injuries from happening. And during later phases, our insoles are the perfect solution to relieve diabetic patients from unnecessary foot conditions. The bespoke shoe inserts of LFT offer the perfect support, and are designed for the shape, size and structure of your patients’ feet.
Want to know what the insoles of LFT can do for diabetic patients? Then quickly request a free sample of our diabetic insoles.
*Bus, S. A., Ulbrecht, J. S., & Cavanagh, P. R. (2004). Pressure relief and load redistribution by custom-made insoles in diabetic patients with neuropathy and foot deformity. Clinical Biomechanics, 19(6), 629-638.
**Hellstrand Tang, U., Zügner, R., Lisovskaja, V., Karlsson, J., Hagberg, K., & Tranberg, R. (2014). Comparison of plantar pressure in three types of insole given to patients with diabetes at risk of developing foot ulcers – A two-year, randomized trial. Journal of clinical & translational endocrinology, 1(4), 121-132. doi:10.1016/j.jcte.2014.06.002