Living with diabetes means dealing with important challenges everyday, like paying close attention to the health of your feet. Luckily, therapeutic footwear has been developed to help do just that.

Recent studies show that wearing therapeutic shoes and insoles as directed can have remarkable benefits. These include: Avoiding future problems like new or recurrent foot ulcers. Allowing extra room for foot deformities and eliminating friction, rubbing and pressure on toes and raised areas of the foot. Reducing problems associated with peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling in the feet) and impaired circulation. Helping to avoid amputation and other medical procedures.

According to the Centers of Disease Control, there were over 80,000 lower limb amputations due to diabetes in 2005 alone. Yet many may have been preventable with something as simple as a special shoe and foot orthosis.

Why Now Is Better than Later

Some readers may be wondering, “If I don’t have pain or discomfort, why should I wear therapeutic shoes and foot orthoses now?” Remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now, that ounce comes with incredible comfort.