3D foot orthoses and diabetic foot patients: what are the implications?

Public (en) | March 9, 2023

Orthèses Talaria

When treating diabetic foot patients, it is critical to use orthotic inserts that are specifically designed to address this condition. In this article, we will explain how 3D foot orthoses can effectively remedy the issue and why they are such a great option for treating diabetic foot.

What is a diabetic foot?  

Diabetic foot, also known as neuropathic foot, is a result of uncontrolled diabetes that gradually affects the nerves and blood vessels in the feet. This condition is characterized by decreased sensation in the feet and reduced blood flow. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the affected area. This can be a major problem as injuries may go unnoticed, leading to further damage.

Tissue damage can also lead to various wounds if not treated promptly and can result in serious conditions like gangrene. Additionally, the diabetic foot can also cause various types of deformities, such as hallux valgus and decreased hydration in the foot.

The dangers of inappropriate orthopedic treatment for the diabetic foot 

It is crucial to provide the appropriate treatment for a diabetic foot. If not treated properly, the consequences can be severe for the patient, potentially resulting in amputation in cases of gangrene. This extreme scenario is the result of a combination of tissue ulceration, infection, and poor blood circulation. To avoid this drastic measure and properly care for a diabetic foot, the use of custom-made 3D foot orthoses proves to be an essential preventative solution.

How can 3D orthoses be used to treat diabetic foot?

3D foot orthoses are highly precise in terms of measurements and design, allowing for the creation of high-quality orthopedic insoles that effectively address the patient’s condition and provide relief on a daily basis.

For people with diabetic feet, 3D foot orthoses are used to prevent injuries, particularly the risk of plantar ulcers. This is achieved through a surface that is completely personalized for optimal comfort, the use of high-quality materials, and precise analysis of support points.

The device works on two key aspects: shape and support, to offer better distribution of body weight and reduce pressure on affected areas. Additionally, it addresses the sensitivity of the skin, which is often weakened in diabetic patients. 3D orthoses are designed to minimize friction and prevent the formation or worsening of wounds.

How are 3D orthoses designed to treat diabetic feet?

Designing 3D foot orthoses requires highly precise digitization of the foot, taking into account its surface and volume to the nearest millimetre, which is done through the use of an iPad equipped with a 3D sensor. The data collected is then transmitted to the laboratory, where it is transformed into an orthosis and printed in 3D.

The materials used in creating the orthoses are just as important as their shape in treating diabetic feet. They should be non-traumatic to the skin, especially if it is already irritated or injured. The main goal is to prevent the formation of ulcers by providing flexible and comfortable support for the foot.

You can consult various articles on our blog to learn more about the functioning and benefits of Talaria 3D foot orthoses.

3D foot orthoses for the optimal treatment of the diabetic foot

3D foot orthoses are the ideal device for treating patients with diabetic feet, thanks to their ultra-precise fit, comfort, and high-quality materials. By considering the support points and pressure areas of the foot, as well as reducing friction and other factors that can harm the skin, it helps alleviate pain and prevent injuries as much as possible.

If you’re interested in offering 3D foot orthoses to your patients with diabetic feet, the Talaria team is happy to answer all of your questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us right away.