September 2013

Educating educators on diabetic shoes

A research review presented at American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting in Philadelphia in August highlighted the role of therapeutic footwear in reducing incidence of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and amputations.

Dennis Janisse, CPed, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and director of scientific affairs for the Northvale, NJ-based Orthofeet, gave the sole podium presentation on foot health at the conference.

He stressed the importance of education in preventive care and reported on research demonstrating benefits of therapeutic shoe use, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing shoe use was one of the key factors behind the 65% decline in diabetes-related amputation rates from 1996 to 2008.

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