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Custom fitted diabetic footwear can often prevent diabetic foot-related complications. These specially designed shoes relieve areas of pressure that may lead to breakdown of the skin and create ulcers (wounds). They cushion and stabilize the foot to relieve pain and create greater stability when walking. There are many styles available for men and women.

Encinitas Podiatry Group offers custom, orthopedic shoes which are measured and selected right in our offices. A trained technician guides the patient through the process. Both men's and women's sizes are available in a variety of styles for both casual and work related activities. Medicare benefits often pay for the purchase of orthopedic footwear.

The following article demonstrates the success of diabetic foot care with good medical management, the diabetic therapeutic shoe program and good wound care:

Declining Rates of Hospitalization for Non-traumatic Lower-Extremity Amputations in the Diabetic Population Aged 40 Years and Older: U.S., 1988-2008

"There has been a dramatic drop in the rate of diabetes-related amputations in the U.S. and the experts attribute the improvement to better management of risk factors that lead to the loos of feet and legs. The amputation rate declined by 65% among adults with diabetes in a little over a decade, the CDC reports. Foot and leg amputations occurred in 4 out of every 1,000 adults with diabetes in 2008, compared to 11 out of every 1,000 in 1996. Non-injury-related amputation rates were still eight times higher among those with diabetes than adults without the disease but the decline shoes that efforts to reduce the complications of diabetes are having a major impact, said the researchers."

From the article of the same title
Diabetes Care (02/12) Vol. 35, No. 2, P. 273: Li Yanfeng; Burrows, Nilka Rios; Gregg, Edward w.; et al.

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