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Preventive Diabetic Footwear

Diabetes dames nerves and reduces blood flow to feet. Diabetics thus are more vulnerable to foot problems as per a study conducted by the American Diabetes Association one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems minor cuts and bruises that lead to major complications and even amputation is a common scare for diabetic patients

Foot Ulceration 

Foot Ulceration is a common ailment but if it 

affects  diabetic patient it may lead to serious complications that may result in Amputation of Foot 

A Foot ulcer can be a shallow red crater that involves only the surface skin A foot ulcer also be very deep a deep foot ulcer may be a crater 

that extends through the full thickness of the skin it may involve tendons bones and other deep structures 

People with diabetes and people with poor circulation are more likely to develop foot ulcers. it can be difficult to 

Heal a foot ulcer. In people with these conditions, even a small foot ulcer can become infected if it does not heal quickly 

                                        

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if an infection occurs and is not treated right away, It can develop into the following 

1. An abscess (A pocket of pus )

2. A spreading infection of the skin and underlying fat 

3. Gangrene, is an area od dead, darkened body tissue, Which is usually caused due to poor blood flow.

4. A bone infection  


                                                                                                             

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Different Types of ulceration 



1. Peripheral Neuropathy.  Peripheral neuropathy, This is nerve damage in the feet or lower legs. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy 

When nerves in the feet are damaged they can no longer warn about pain or discomfort. when this happens tight-fitting shoes can trigger a foot ulcer by rubbing on a part of the foot that becomes numb 

People With peripheral neuropathy may not be able to feel when they've stepped on something sharp or when they have an irritation pebble in their shows they can injure their feet significantly and never know it unless they examine their feet routinely for injury. 

Many elderly people and diabetics with vision problems can't see their feet well enough to examine them for problems 


2. Circulatory problems.  Any illness that decreases circulation to the feet can cause foot ulcers. Less blood reaches the feet which deprive cells of oxygen. This makes the skin more vulnerable to injury and it shows the foots ability to heal 

Poor circulation in the leg arteries is called peripheral artery disease it also causes pain in the leg or buttock during walking. It is caused by atherosclerosis. This is a disease in which fatty deposits of cholesterol build up inside arteries. 


3. Abnormalities in the bones or muscles of the feet. Any condition that distorts the normal anatomy of the can lead to foot ulcers. This is particularly true if the foot is forced into shoes that don't fit the foot's altered shape. Examples are claw feet, feet with fractures and cases of severe arthritis 


More than any other group, people with diabetes have a particularly high risk of developing foot ulcers this is because the long term complications of diabetes often include neuropathy and circulatory problems without prompt and proper treatment a foot ulcer may require hospital treatment o it may lead to deep infection or gangrene and amputation 


It is rare for a foot ulcer to be unrelated to these risk factors and illnesses a foot ulcer in a person who has none of these health problems may need to be checked for skin cancer especially squamous cell carcinoma. This cancer occasionally looks a lot like a foot ulcer 


Hawalker Footkare is specifically designed for diabetic and orthopedic related feet issues. The products are designed under the guidance of a podiatrist. 

The MCR/MCP/PU Foam is the insole upper lining and rigid soles used in hawalker products ensure lesser strain on the skin thus prevent the occurrence of ulcers and cuts on feet. By wearing soft insoles footwear such as hawalker Footkare You can protect your feet from the ulcers  


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