The risk of not noticing:

diagnosis diabetes

The poor metabolism of people with diabetes can lead to nerve irritation and damage in the long term. Diabetic foot syndrome is one of the possible associated conditions.

Diabetic foot syndrome

The appearance of this condition is particularly insidious. Nerve damage, known as polyneuropathy among professionals, manifests in approximately one-third of people with diabetes over the long term, meaning that pressure sores and minor wounds on the foot can go unnoticed. If these wounds become inflamed and lead to ulcers, the result is diabetic foot syndrome.

This condition is difficult to control because the body’s ability to heal wounds is reduced by the poor metabolism of people with diabetes in addition to circulatory disorders in the legs. The risk of new wounds increases, and treatment becomes increasingly difficult and more complex. In the worst cases, all that can be done is to amputate the affected area of the foot.

Not every person with diabetes suffers from secondary complications such as diabetic foot syndrome. Prevention plays a decisive role in this regard. People with the disease can take action against such an undesired associated condition: daily foot checks, perhaps with the help of relatives, and choosing the right footwear. These are two of the most important measures to reduce risk.

Daily foot checks and the right footwear reduce risk

Clinical evidence

The results of a clinical study carried out at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf are among the evidence that shows how suitable ‘diabetic shoes’ can contribute significantly to the prevention of foot ulcers and recurrent inflammation.

For this study, the recurrence of foot ulcers among 92 high-risk patients with diabetes and a healed foot ulcer was observed over a period of 42 months. Some of the patients wore normal footwear while others used the LucRo classic special diabetes shoe.

The results indicated that the rate of ulcer recurrence in the first year was reduced by 80% among patients who wore LucRo classic.

Summary of the study

92 diabetic patients at high risk

60 patients wore LucRo classic shoes

32 patients wore standard footwear

Average age
63 years

Length of time with diabetes
13 years

Medical condition
Healed foot ulcer with no significant deformation of the foot

Observation period
Up to 42 months

Zuteilung
All patients were prescribed with at least one pair of LucRo classic shoes. 15 Krankenkassen bewilligten die Kostenübernahme für 60 Patienten im Rahmen von 2/3 der Gesamtkosten. Vier Krankenkassen lehnten die Kostenübernahme für ihre 32 Patienten kategorisch ab.

80% weniger Geschwürrezidive im ersten Jahr.

80%
fewer cases of ulcer recurrence in the first year

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