Approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes develop a foot ulcer. Of these patients, six percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications. Ultimately, 14 to 24 percent of patients who develop a foot ulcer have an amputation, causing diabetes to be the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States. Diabetic ulcers develop from a combination of factors: lack of sensation in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation (such as friction or pressure), and trauma, as well as duration of diabetes. Patients with neuropathy can develop an ulcer without any pain because they sense no irritation or pressure while the sore develops.
At APOS we desire to prevent foot ulcerations and subsequent amputations. We provide a variety of wound care products for these purposes. Shoe inserts and neuropathic walking books help to offload metatarsal heads, a area prone to develop ulcerations, and other problem areas. If an ulceration exists, off-loading shoes such as Darco and DH II shoes. A partial list of our products can be found below. Mouse over any of the highlighted items below to view a picture and a description of the item.Shoes and Inserts