Use Orthotic Shoe Inserts
Foot ulcers often arise due to a combination of reduced circulation with friction. Ill-fitting shoes can introduce unwanted friction, which can lead to the development of blisters and broken skin with the potential to form an ulcer. Diabetes patients are often encouraged to use orthotic shoe inserts. These inserts make shoes fit better and feel more comfortable, reducing both friction and the likelihood of ulcers. Shoe inserts are typically made of gel or foam and come in a variety of styles. Depending on individual needs, patients can select inserts that fill their entire shoe or just one particular area. Shoe inserts can be purchased at pharmacies or online, and podiatrists can also make custom inserts for patients as needed.