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Take special care
and reduce the risks

Atypical feet and feet affected by medical conditions pose many challenges and further complications. However, it’s possible to keep them all at bay if you’re taking special care.

Follow these simple rules to reduce the risk of diabetic polyneuropathy

The concept of self-control goes way beyond just controlling the level of blood glucose. There are other very important compliences like diet, timely checks with a chiropodist, organization and compliance with a tailor-made physical activities, selection and daily use of specialized shoes for diabetics.

One of the most complex and serious complications of diabetes mellitus is a diabetic plyneuropathy. This complication disturbs the blood supply in tissues causes a neurological damage. It consequently causes trophopathy which further reduces sensibility to pain, temperature, tactile sensitivity and vibration sensation in lower limbs.

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Control the glucose levels

The basis of prevention of diabetic polyneuropathy is controlling the blood glucose levels. It’s important not only to control fasting glycemia, but also the blood glucose levels 2 hours after a meal. Let’s recall the normal ranges up to 6.1 mmol/L in fasting state, and no more than 7.8 mmol/L 2 hours after the meal. Your target values may differ from the normal ranges, depending on the your age or incidence of concomitant diseases. Your target values are subject to discussion with the endocrinologist and keeping a diabetes diary is a must.

Care for your feet properly

  • Wash your feet daily and gently wipe them (don’t rub them).
  • Dub your legs with special cream to prevent skin dryness (except for webs of fingers).
  • Inspect feet daily in order to find blisters, cuts, scratches and other damages in time.
  • Don’t expose your feet to extremely high and low temperatures. Check the water in the bath first with your hand, to make sure that it isn’t very hot.
  • Wear warm socks if your feet are cold at night.
  • Do not use hot-water bags or other hot items.
  • Inspect your shoes daily to make sure there are no foreign bodies inside, and the lining is not torn.
  • Never wear shoes on bare feet. Wear special socks for diabetics.
  • Never wear sandal shoes or slippers supposing a strap between the toes.
  • Never walk barefoot, especially on a hot surface (e.g., on the sand in summer). Walking barefoot is dangerous due to the significant increase of pressure on the planta.
  • It is not recommended to walk in slippers with very thin soles.
  • If you found cracks or scratches on your feet, consult the doctor of diabetic foot office.

Wear proper foot wear

Until recently, very little attention was paid to the role of orthopedic shoes in the prevention and treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy. According to statistics, 33 % cases of venous ulcers in diabetes mellitus result from wearing tight and uncomfortable shoes. If the patient has been wearing specialized shoes for not less than 80 % of the measured activity, the risk of recurrence of foot ulcers was 25.7 % compared to 47.8 % (when wearing standard footwear). Specialized Shoes reduces the pressure on the foot by 30 %.

Control the glucose levels

The basis of prevention of diabetic polyneuropathy is controlling the blood glucose levels. It’s important not only to control fasting glycemia, but also the blood glucose levels 2 hours after a meal. Let’s recall the normal ranges up to 6.1 mmol/L in fasting state, and no more than 7.8 mmol/L 2 hours after the meal. Your target values may differ from the normal ranges, depending on the your age or incidence of concomitant diseases. Your target values are subject to discussion with the endocrinologist and keeping a diabetes diary is a must.

Care for your feet properly

  • Wash your feet daily and gently wipe them (don’t rub them).
  • Dub your legs with special cream to prevent skin dryness (except for webs of fingers).
  • Inspect feet daily in order to find blisters, cuts, scratches and other damages in time.
  • Don’t expose your feet to extremely high and low temperatures. Check the water in the bath first with your hand, to make sure that it isn’t very hot.
  • Wear warm socks if your feet are cold at night.
  • Do not use hot-water bags or other hot items.
  • Inspect your shoes daily to make sure there are no foreign bodies inside, and the lining is not torn.
  • Never wear shoes on bare feet. Wear special socks for diabetics.
  • Never wear sandal shoes or slippers supposing a strap between the toes.
  • Never walk barefoot, especially on a hot surface (e.g., on the sand in summer). Walking barefoot is dangerous due to the significant increase of pressure on the planta.
  • It is not recommended to walk in slippers with very thin soles.
  • If you found cracks or scratches on your feet, consult the doctor of diabetic foot office.

Wear proper foot wear

Until recently, very little attention was paid to the role of orthopedic shoes in the prevention and treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy. According to statistics, 33 % cases of venous ulcers in diabetes mellitus result from wearing tight and uncomfortable shoes. If the patient has been wearing specialized shoes for not less than 80 % of the measured activity, the risk of recurrence of foot ulcers was 25.7 % compared to 47.8 % (when wearing standard footwear). Specialized Shoes reduces the pressure on the foot by 30 %.

How to choose the right footwear.

  • Adequate room for the feet
  • Soft breathable material
  • Shock proof sole

The excessive pressure and friction of the incorrectly shaped shoes or tight shoes can lead to the use of patches, formation of calluses and sores not only on the leg with sensory anesthesia, but also on the legs with no signs of neuropathy.

 

It is necessary to take into account both the shape and the size. It’s absolutely necessary to make sure that the shoe shape matches the shape of the feet. This means that you should be sure the shoes have enough room in the toe area, and on the rise and across the foot, and a proper adherence around the heel is also important.

dw shoes come in three different widths equipped with extra depth and more toes space. Seamless inside, with a cushion-effect insoles and made using only breathable material.

What size will fit my feet?

Measuring the feet is done by tracing them on paper and measuring the length and width of each foot. In order to get the most accurate figures:

Find your size

Insert the length and width you’ve received from the sizing chart. Once done, hit the button to determine the most accurate size for your feet.

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Download the sizing chart

To get the most accurate size for your feet, we’ve created a special sizing chart that will help you to determine your feet’s length and width. We advice to to find somebody who’ll assist you to achieve the most accurate measurement.

Download the sizing chart here

Orthoses and inserts:

An orthosis is an insole that provides pressure relief and foot cushioning. They both are prepared individually to order, orthoses and inserts are usually prescribed for patients with diabetes, including a special maximum contacting orthosis, which is made from the leg model and offers high levels of comfort and pressure relief.

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