Self-Regulating Footwear for Diabetic Foot Issues
Patients with diabetes often experience a loss of sensation in the feet because of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and this can affect their gait. With a healthy modern gait, the heel strikes the ground first, followed by the ball of the foot and the toes, and this helps to evenly spread the pressure over the whole foot. However, for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, this gait can be disrupted, leading to abnormal pressure in specific areas. Over time, this can lead to issues such as foot ulcers, which can be particularly bad because of underlying diabetes. To combat this, these specially developed shoes contain numerous arches that can respond to the pressure of walking and help to redistribute it. The arches “snap” into an inverted shape when they encounter too much pressure.