Proper footwear, footcare, and corrections in gait deviations can prevent or treat a host of conditions including hip and low back pain and amputations. Additionally, these interventions can support increased mobility and the myriad health benefits that accompany it. In this issue, we look at the importance of diabetic footwear, innovative approaches to AFOs, and how clinicians assess gait deviations to determine the most appropriate orthosis.
One of the most common diseases leading to lower-limb amputations, particular of the toe and foot, is diabetes. Because patients with diabetes are at risk of calluses, foot ulcers, and neuropathy, it is important for them to wear appropriate, well-fitting footwear. “Diabetic Shoes—the People’s Choice?” reviews the increased options for orthopedic-style shoes, how to encourage patient footwear and footcare compliance, and the need for proper, professional fitting regardless of shoe style.