Diabetes is a complex disease that affects a wide range of bodily systems, including the arteries. One of the most common complications of diabetes is peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD is marked by arterial hardening and weakening, which leads to a loss of blood vessel elasticity and ultimately interferes with proper blood flow. PAD affects the whole cardiovascular system, but is initially most apparent in the lower extremities. Symptoms can range from changes in foot color or temperature to painful cramping and the inability to heal from even small injuries. Because continual exposure to elevated blood sugars also leads to nerve disease, many people in the more advanced stages of diabetes additionally cannot identify injuries, pressure points or sores when they do occur. Together with poor blood flow, this creates an ideal environment for ulcerations and infections to thrive.
To a degree, your likelihood of developing at least some arterial blockages in old age is relatively high. However, heredity and age alone don't determine all factors for this disease. You can prevent and decrease the severity of PAD by making better lifestyle choices such as not smoking, abstaining from alcohol, eating healthy and maintaining a normal BMI. By reducing hypertension and high cholesterol, you can reduce your risks for developing Type II diabetes, as well as peripheral arterial disease and neuropathy.
A daily exercise routine that promotes better blood flow to the feet is a great way to reduce symptoms associated with PAD. But even mild exercise can be difficult and potentially prove dangerous without the right kind of accommodative footwear.
Insoles for diabetics require unique materials to accomplish their goal of improving blood flow to help reduce the chances of developing ulcers and other ailments related to diabetes, while simultaneously encouraging proper alignment of the structures in the lower extremity. KLM Laboratories has developed a special line of soft foot alignment orthotics exactly for this purpose!
KLM's Clouds are manufactured right here in the United States with accommodative materials such as plastizote and micropuff, which help to reduce pressure and therefore the risk of trauma or ulceration.
Improper footwear, especially when worn for long periods in stressful conditions can cause damage to the bone structures and ligaments of the feet, resulting in the need for a corrective orthotic insole. While walking, the entire weight of your body is transferred through the bones, ligaments and muscles of the feet and ankles in a process called the "gait" cycle. This is where repetitive incorrect alignment can cause long term damage, and where supportive orthotic can help prevent damage.
Finding the correct orthotic for you requires considering a variety of factors. What is your shoe size and weight? What types of activities are you participating in? What types of shoes will this device be required to fit and function within? KLM has designed a line of orthotic insoles especially for diabetics and individuals needing exceptionally comfortable insoles. Please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding our products. We’re here to help you find the right insole for diabetic foot pain relief today.