Therapeutic Shoes for Foot Pain & People with Diabetes

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posted by Ted Ryan on October 22, 2013

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In a recent post, we highlighted common senior foot problems and solutions, as learned from Brooke Burris, certified pedorthist at Medical West. Here we continue that topic, focusing on therapeutic shoes – a popular remedy when inserts do not provide relief.

Therapeutic shoes are often used to accommodate cases involving diabetic foot issues. A therapeutic shoe protects and cushions the foot to reduce friction. To qualify as a therapeutic shoe, it must:

  • Come in half and whole sizes
  • Offer three different widths
  • Have extra depth to allow for inserts (custom or over-the-counter)
  • Have a form of adjustment, such as Velcro or laces (not be slip-on)

It’s important to wear non-binding socks that won’t cut off circulation to the foot. The feet may have no feeling so make sure that objects are not left in the shoe that could cause problems. Individuals with diabetic foot problems should inspect their feet daily.

For foot pain questions, contact SHC’s registered nurses.  Medical equipment companies, such as Medical West, have products to ease or heal foot ailments.  In addition to finding the best suited product, their expert staff is knowledgeable of product coverage by Medicare or insurance.

Seniors Home Care offers our experiences only. Despite extensive medical knowledge, we are not doctors. Before making any decisions or forming an opinion, you should talk to your doctor about individual circumstances.

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