Diabetic Shoe Fitting and Orthotic Assessment

At Pearl PT Lifestyle Medicine, our PT’s perform an individualized foot assessment to determine if an orthotic is needed and if so, which specific style would be the best fit. We carry a variety of brands and styles to optimal biomechanical alignment of the foot and ankle.

How Pearl Physical Therapy can help

Individuals with diabetes can develop sensory deficits that affect the ability to detect abnormal pressures and strains on the foot which can cause callouses and pressure sores. Diabetes can affect the individual’s ability to heal from these skin conditions.
Prevention of abnormal skin conditions is the key. Having the appropriate footwear with a diagnosis of diabetes is critical to maintaining appropriate level of function and preventing complications related to this condition. We have foot and ankle specialists on staff who perform a specific diabetic foot assessment to determine the most appropriate diabetic shoe which has extra depth and are the correct size and shape to fit your specific foot type.
Our office utilizes Dr. Comfort footwear for customization of shoe and insert.  Proper fitting can help prevent rubbing and pressure on your feet and toes, which can help prevent blisters and ulcers that lead to open wounds and eventually worse.

Do you qualify for diabetic custom orthotics?

Another key component to prevention of diabetic ulcers and wounds is the fit of custom orthotics. Orthotics are made of 3-ply material to provide support, cushion and protect your diabetic feet. Foam impression and heat molded inserts are customized to best fit the contours of the client’s foot which helps to protect against calluses, blisters and open wounds on the feet and toes.

To qualify for the diabetic shoe/insert benefit, a client must:

A diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and meet at least one of the qualifying characteristics:

  • History of wound(s) on the feet
  • History of amputation of the feet/toes
  • Callusing of the feet/toes
  • Neuropathy (pain, numbness, paresthesia)
  • Circulatory compromise (venous or arterial)
  • Foot deformity (flat feet, cavus feet, toe issues)

What Do I Need To Take Advantage Of This Benefit?

  • Have your provider who manages your diabetes perform a diabetic foot exam identifying the appropriate qualifying factor for diabetic shoes and inserts.
  • Secure a prescription from an MD or Podiatrist for diabetic shoes and inserts.

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