Study: Shoe inserts reduce diabetes-related amputations

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – A new study conducted by researchers in Sweden found that shoe inserts could reduce diabetes-related amputations by 50%, according to a press release from Orthofeet, a manufacturer of specialty footwear based in Northvale, N.J. Conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, the study suggests that shoe inserts could comprise an essential part of a management program, along with regular check-ups, podiatry and education, that minimizes the incidence of foot ulcers, a leading culprit of lower extremity amputations in diabetes patients. Shoe inserts can distribute pressure under the sole better than going barefoot, and the better distribution of pressure is crucial to keeping foot ulcers at bay, the study found. Researchers recently resented the study at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress in Hyderabad, India.