Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is caused by reduced blood flow to the extremities. High blood glucose levels damage blood vessels and affect the blood flow. Those with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk for foot ulcers and lower limb amputations. They also account for 60 percent of the limb amputations, according to the American Diabetes Association.
A new study from the Milwaukee-based company Dr. Comfort has shown that therapeutic footwear can help prevent complications associated with type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association reports that foot ulcers can be difficult to heal for those with type 2 diabetes. Amputations are often caused by poorly fitting shoes, suggesting that therapeutic footwear could help prevent complications.
The Dr. Comfort study found that the incidence of foot ulcers decreased by two percent the first year when therapeutic footwear was used. Anther 12 percent decrease of foot ulcers was shown in the second year. Lower limb amputation decreased by 29 percent the first year and 18 percent the second year.
“The study results show the health benefits therapeutic footwear can provide type 2 diabetes patients,” said Michael Minshall, who co-authored the study. “Once these patients start wearing therapeutic shoes, their chances of foot ulcers and amputations decrease, providing them the opportunity to live a healthier life.”