Good footwear aids in prevention of ulcers

Wearing good quality shoes and inserts reduced foot ulcers by 50% compared with going barefoot, the study found.

Participants wore one of three different types of shoe inserts over a period of two years. All three inserts effectively distributed pressure under the sole, minimising the risk of ulcers.

Only 0.9% of the participants developed new foot ulcers during the first year, compared with 3–8% reported for similar diabetic populations.