Study: Custom orthoses reduce foot ulcer recurrence

04/29/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

A 15-month study of 150 patients found that in-shoe orthoses designed specifically for foot shape and barefoot plantar pressures appear to prevent recurrence of diabetic foot ulcers more effectively than standard Medicare-reimbursed orthoses that are only molded to the patient’s foot. The study of 150 patients, led Jan Ulbrecht at Pennsylvania’s Mount Nittany Health System, appears online in Diabetes Care. Ulbrecht urged clinicians to accept orthoses only from providers "who demonstrably care about outcomes and have the capacity to individualize footwear."

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