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The role of footwear in preventing diabetic ulcer

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-11-27

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Footwear is an important part of the method of preventing diabetic ulcer. This is because when a person has nerve damage in the foot, it can lead to neuropathy. This means that the person can have loss of sensation in the foot. This loss of sensation is also called as anesthesia of the foot. An anesthetic foot is at a very high risk of getting ulcerated in the event of any injury or trauma. This is because the person with the nerve damage in the foot will not have any sensation of pain or heat in the foot.

The lack of sensation can cause the person to not appreciate any injury and will not notice it until it becomes big or unless someone else notices it. By this time, the ulcer may be too big and the person may need hospitalization. This is the usual case of many of the diabetic ulcers that are commonly seen in people around us.

Wearing adequate footwear is the best method of preventing diabetic ulcer. The role of footwear in preventing diabetic ulcer has been reinforced to many patients during health care sessions. Though the response is slow sometimes, it has helped prevent ulcers in many people.

The role of footwear in preventing diabetic ulcer also depends on the various criteria that has to be present while issuing a footwear. A person who has footwear needs to have the following in it.

1. Soft insole:

The sole for the foot should be soft. This is because the person will be weight bearing with the sole coming in contact with the footwear. If the footwear is not soft, then it itself can cause injury and cause either a blister or a wound to occur on the foot.

2. Hard outer sole:

The person should also have a hard outer sole because this will prevent the person from having any thorns of stones from pricking the foot of the person. The most common reason for injuries in developing countries are thorn injuries and a hard outer sole will prevent this problem.

3. Back strap:

The back strap is also very important for the person wearing footwear to prevent injury because the back strap will prevent the footwear from leaving the foot when the person is walking. People with sensory loss may have the foot wear slipping off and this is prevented by the back strap.

4. Adjustable upper straps:

Adjustable upper straps are very important in preventing diabetic ulcer because it can be loosened or tightened as per the need of the person. If it is too tight, then it can case injury. The uppers also have to accommodate for the swelling that can occur or for the bandages that may be wrapped around a wound if the person develops a wound.

These are the various criteria that have to be present in a footwear. The role of footwear in preventing diabetic ulcer is thus very important when one considers the efficiency of properly designed footwear in preventing ulceration of the diabetic foot.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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