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Innovative Shoe Insole Developed to Combat Risk of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) – Researchers have developed a groundbreaking shoe insole technology designed to significantly decrease the occurrence of diabetic foot ulcers, a severe complication that can result in hospitalization and amputations of legs, feet, or toes.

Diabetic foot ulcers affect nearly one-third of individuals with diabetes at some point in their lives. These ulcers are primarily caused by reduced blood flow and nerve damage from prolonged diabetes, leading to poor circulation and the formation of sores on the feet.

Traditional insoles have attempted to address this issue, but the latest innovation offers a dynamic solution by alternating pressure across different areas of the foot. This technology not only alleviates stress on the foot but also enhances blood circulation, crucial for maintaining skin and tissue health and preventing ulcers.

Muthu B J Wijesundara, the principal research scientist at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, emphasizes that the new insole technology effectively counters the repetitive stress injuries that often lead to skin breakdown in diabetic patients. “With this advanced approach, we are hopeful about making a substantial impact on the health and quality of life for millions of people suffering from diabetes,” he remarked in a study published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds.

This promising technology heralds a significant step forward in diabetic healthcare, aiming to reduce the frequency and severity of foot ulcers among the diabetic population, thereby lessening the risk of more severe outcomes and improving overall patient well-being.

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