Amputations less likely with use of shoe orthoses

02/26/2013 | Healio

Diabetes patients who used orthoses were significantly less likely to develop foot ulcers and undergo amputations, according to research reported at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress in Hyderabad, India. Scientists with the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden studied 114 patients wearing one of three types of foot orthoses over two years and found that “[b]y effectively distributing pressure under the sole, the inserts minimize the risk of ulcers and ultimately work to prevent amputations,” according to Ulla Hellstrand Tang, CPO.

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