Do you need diabetic insoles? 

There is no sense in tip-toeing around the matter: diabetes is serious business. The Center for Disease Control states that to date 29 million (9.3%) people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. This is clearly no small problem in the U.S.  As a result of elevated blood sugar in diabetic patients nerves become damaged more easily, causing poor blood circulation. This in turn creates new problems. Cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises no longer heal easily on their own, but pose threats of amputation to toes, feet, even legs. It is imperative for diabetics to take extra care of their feet.

One of the effects of diabetes -- peripheral neuropathy -- causes decreased sensation in the nerves of the feet and legs, making it difficult to feel when the foot has been injured. This can also cause the muscles of the feet to work improperly, leading to misalignment of the foot, putting pressure on the areas of the feet that will cause potentially serious problems, resulting in infection or even worse, amputation. Diabetic insoles play a significant role in reducing the ulcerations in diabetics by providing shock absorption, cushioning, support and stability.

What do diabetic shoe inserts do?

The best diabetic shoe inserts offer arch support, foot strike protection, and help control foot pain and discomfort. Diabetic insoles with good shock absorption help compensate for any limitations with regard to range of motion common among patients with diabetes, and unnecessary stress while moving and walking.  The support that diabetic shoe inserts provide will increase stability and improve posture. Posture can be a problem in patients with diabetes and neuropathy putting them at a greater risk of falling.  Proper diabetic shoe inserts offer total contact, support and comfort. Without the proper diabetic insole, shoes will present excessive pressure on a diabetic’s foot. Unyielding, cheaply made stock inserts that come with the shoe were not designed to meet the needs of the diabetic. Inadequate arch support and poorly fitting shoes often lead to dangerous ulcerations.

Thankfully, there are preventative measures that diabetics can take to keep their legs and feet as healthy as possible. Certainly diet and exercise are central for the diabetic, but proper foot care is also essential.  

What can a diabetic do to best care for his/her feet?

  • Inspect feet daily. Seek care if injury is present.
  • Have your feet checked yearly by your healthcare provider (doctor or foot specialist).
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have cuts, breaks in the skin, or ingrown toe nails.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you have any change in color, shape, or sensitivity to touch or pain.
  • Let your healthcare provider take care of corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails.
  • Get diabetic shoe inserts or diabetic insoles to prevent corns and calluses, increase stability, help with posture and add cushioning and support to keep the diabetic safe and healthy.  

Insoles and Beyond carries some of the best diabetic insoles.

If you have diabetes, let Insoles and Beyond help you select the best insoles for your needs. We want to help you keep your feet healthy and comfortable.