Shutterstock.com 2997394 In diabetes, assessing the mechanical properties of the patient’s soft tissues and the properties of footwear and orthoses comes before drafting a management plan. By Nachiappan Chockalingam, PhD Prescription footwear and foot orthotics are standard interventions for any type of diabetic foot disease. We lack knowledge, however, on how to select appropriate materials for footwear and orthotics for our patients who have diabetes; generally, cushioning materials with which these devices are constructed are selected based on the clinician’s experience and on anecdotal evidence.
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Is it the foot— or the footwear? Considerations for protecting a diabetic foot