It’s thought that over 4 million people in the UK alone are living with diabetes. It’s a prevalent yet serious condition, and its complications can cause long term damage to our bodies if they’re not treated correctly.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes – or you know someone who suffers from this common illness – you may be aware that it can cause circulation issues and reduced sensitivity in the feet.
Many people are surprised by the effect that our blood sugar levels can have on our muscles, ligaments and tendons, especially those in our feet. Over time, high blood sugar will cause these vital pieces of our anatomy to lose their elasticity. The pad that protects the heel will also become thinner and lose its cushioning, which will mean that the feet will not be able to absorb as much pressure and shock as you walk.
This can lead to:
- The formation of calluses on the ball of the foot
- Swelling, tearing or bruising in the foot, especially around the big toe joints and the heels
- Increased pain in the knees and hips as the muscles and joints are being overloaded
How can OrthoSole insoles help those who are suffering from Diabetes?
- The extra padding and shock absorption features built into each OrthoSole insole assist with replacing the stiff, fatty padding under the ball of the foot and the heel, and work to reduce the strain on the internal soft tissue structures.
- A graduated heel raise can increase the flexibility of the ankle joint. This will reduce the strain on the outer ankle ligaments, decrease the likelihood of ankle sprains and lessen the stretch on the Achilles tendon.
- An adaptable density pad in the midfoot decelerates the forces coming onto the toes, helping to prevent fractures and soft tissue tears.
Providing cushioning and comfort
- The interchangeable thickness and densities of the arch and metatarsal pads mean the OrthoSole insole can conform to a wider variety of footwear and cater for a greater range of activities.
- Forget rigid, bulky orthotics that you can’t fit into your shoes! You can choose from our Thin Style, Lite Style and Max Cushion products depending on your foot type.
- OrthoSole insoles are incredibly durable, too, so will cushion your feet even when you’re standing for long periods of time.
- A combination of an arch support and a metatarsal pad on an OrthoSole insole will help reduce pain in flat footed patients.
- Due to muscle wasting, the arch of a diabetic foot can often be very high, which can lead to tendon and muscular injuries. The variation in arch support offered by OrthoSole, allows a faster recovery.
- The shock-absorbing Poron material and arch support within all of the products in the OrthoSole range can help relieve the pressure on the shins.
Providing balance and stability
- The arch and metatarsal support provided by our insoles has been shown to improve the strength of the intrinsic muscles around the arch. This aids balance and stability when walking.
- The shape of the heel of the OrthoSole insole can control inward and outward movements of the heel.
- The flexibility of the OrthoSole insoles at the front of the foot reduces the need for the toes to retract when walking. This creates stability at the midfoot and reduces the amount of pressure being placed on the tops of the toes.
So, to summarise, our insoles can support your wider diabetic foot care routine by:
- Helping to prevent injuries – and therefore keep you mobile!
- Providing extra cushioning and comfort where it’s needed the most
- Providing balance and stability as you’re going about your everyday activities
- Improving your activity levels, which is key to helping you manage your diabetes
- Assisting recovery from injuries