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I’m guessing if you are reading this post, you may have a bunion, family history of bunions or could be concerned with your feet in someway. For many of us, we may have conditions in which we were bound to eventually enduring bunion surgery. Although for others, you can incorporate one small change to avoid potential bunion surgery!
Feet come in all different shapes and sizes. When you mix in all the different foot ailments, bunions, hammertoes, edema, etc., it can be tough to find a pair of shoes that properly fit a patient, especially if they are diabetic.
Topics: Diabetic Footwear
This week we are going to review how to properly cast a patient using an impression foam box for custom diabetic insoles. Casting patients is incredibly important, because it allows us here at Anodyne to make the best possible inserts for your patients. Below is a step by step breakdown on how to properly take a foot impression.
Typically, the type of patient that requires a toe filler is high risk. You must take extreme care in providing and monitoring the device to ensure that it’s properly accommodating their amputation, and not causing any further foot complications. Once dispensed, it is essential that you phone the patient two to three times the first week to check on the condition of their foot/feet. It is also recommended to have a face-to-face follow-up appointment 10 to 14 days from the date the diabetic shoes and toe filler are dispensed.
This week we are going to focus on properly fitting A5512 heat moldable inserts. This process is not super difficult, but is extremely important in ensuring the best possible fit for your patient. Below is a step by step breakdown in how to do so.
Most people without diabetes don’t realize that the nerve and blood vessel damage caused by the disease can become a major problem for their feet. This happens when peripheral neuropathy (which occurs in about 70 percent of people with diabetes) develops and feeling is lost in the extremities.
To ensure the best possible foot health, follow these 9 easy tips to avoid injury, and your feet will be healthy longer.
It’s no mystery, that in addition to diabetes, being overweight can lead to a host of health problems. Being overweight is known to contribute to everything from high blood pressure and heart disease to arthritis, gallstones, and sleep apnea. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that being overweight has a serious impact on the overall health of your feet.
When people hear that you have diabetes, they start to make assumptions that aren't always accurate. A lot of the confusion stems from the fact that there are two main types – Type 1 and Type 2.
Most people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed with it at a very early age. They live with it as a child, teen, and adult. Having type 1 diabetes means you’re in the vast minority. Of the approximately 29 million Americans who have diabetes, only 1.25 million have type 1. Most have type 2, which is a totally different form.
In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed on adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. In addition, about 60% of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people diagnosed with diabetes.
Experts say that, with good healthcare and support, four out of five amputations could be prevented. Eighty percent of amputations begin as foot ulcers, which are largely avoidable and far more treatable if found early. It is particularly important that if anyone with diabetes has a foot infection or new ulcer, they get urgent attention from a team of specialists. Evidence shows that the longer the delay before seeing a specialist, the more likely it is that foot ulcers will be severe and slow to heal, leading to a greater risk of amputation.