More specifically, the study showed that using custom orthoses that offloaded plantar pressure, when used on a regular basis, reduced the risk of foot wounds in diabetic patients. Although incorporating plantar pressure in the design of orthoses might be easy, it is expensive and costs more than what Medicare typically pays for.
Researchers acknowledge that preventing foot ulcers is a critical part of any diabetic’s treatment regimen. Foot ulcers can often lead to amputations for diabetics, and sometimes increase the risk of morbidity. After a person has his first foot ulcer, the risk of it returning again is extremely high.
Researchers also found that about 40 percent of all foot ulcers occurred on the plantar surface. When custom orthoses reduce plantar pressure, they help reduce the likelihood of foot ulcers occurring in this location on the foot.