Peripheral neuropathy causes loss of sensation in the extremities in diabetic patients. People with diabetic neuropathy or numbness in their feet are at risk for complications such as ulcerations, calluses, or even amputation. Diabetic shoes and inserts are specially designed for diabetic patients to reduce the risk of skin breakdown and the development of foot complications as a result of their disease state.
Diabetic shoes and inserts are prescribed for by a physician and fit by a qualified individual, such as a certified pedorthist or shoe fitter. Shoes are equipped with a removable orthotic or heat moldable insert which work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobility. Taking these preventative measures help to minimize complications leading to infection and reduce the possibility of amputation.