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Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that results when the body is not able to control the amount of sugar in the blood. In Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile or insulin dependent diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough of the hormone insulin. Insulin is essential to transport sugar from the blood into cells to be used as energy. When the pancreas does not produce insulin or enough insulin, the cells do not have enough energy to function properly and the amount of sugar in the blood builds up. In Type II diabetes, or adult onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes, the pancreas may be producing plenty of insulin, but the cells of the body are not able to use it to transport the sugar. Again the levels of sugar rise in the blood.

Now how does this all relate to orthotics? Many of the patients we see at Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. have diabetes and are in fact, referred to us to treat and help manage the complications of diabetes.

The high levels of sugar in the body cause damage to the nerves of the body. There are many different types of nerves in our bodies including motor, sensory and autonomic. Motor nerves send messages to the muscles to cause movement such as walking or wiggling a toe. Sensory nerves tell us if something is touching or hurting us and where our body parts are in relation to each other (proprioception). Autonomic nerves are responsible for changes to our blood flow, temperature causing us to blush and sweat. When any of the nerves are impaired (neuropathy), our body does not work as it is supposed to.

Treatment depends on the requirements of the individual. Some options may be:

Foot dropankle foot orthosis

Deformities → foot orthoses, orthopaedic shoes, ankle foot orthoses

Loss of protective sensation → foot orthoses, orthopaedic shoes

Poor balance → foot orthoses, orthopaedic shoes, ankle foot orthosis

Ulcer → foot orthoses, orthopaedic shoes, ankle foot orthoses, CROW walker, removable cast walker

Charcot arthropathy → CROW walker, removable cast walker, foot orthoses, orthopaedic shoes, ankle foot orthosis

PATIENT STORIES

I just wanted to let you know - for the first time in months and months - I am able to go for a long, long walk - because my feet are not killing me anymore!!! I am not limping at work any more either!!! Thanks so much - I feel great! Even walking 8 blocks back to the car after the last appointment with them in my shoes - I could have done a tap dance all the way - the change was so drastic!
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When I saw Jim, it was for two appointments for braces he put in my shoes (that he had made recommendations about). I could walk and keep shoes on all day and I was not walking off balance. He was amazing. He took time to talk to me and explain things. My husband had gone to Jim for years for foot orthotics . I would recommend Jim to anyone.
- Ms L.M. -
I am so greatful that the heel lift for my right shoe has been so helpful. I am in less pain when I walk, I can now stand straighter, on both legs at the same time when I stand still. I should have done it a lot sooner!
- Ms. D.T -
I am a person with polio in my left leg. I 've been using Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. for many years. Their service is great and friendly, they know what they are doing. I am really happy with their services.
- Mr. K.N. -
Custom Orthotics has always stood behind their product. They have always treated me with kindness and dignity. Whenever there is an issue, they have repaired it right away. Friendliness is their top priority. The product is 10/10. I can't say enough and I find there is never any negative comments. I have been with Custom Orthotics since 1998.
- Mr. F.H. -
The whole process was very positive, Custom Orthotic Design Group answered all of my questions and responded to my concerns in a professional pleasant manner. I highly recommend that anyone requiring any form of custom made orthotic from a simple shoe insert to a sophisticated support such as my CROW walker consider Custom Orthotic Design Group.
- Mr. MB -
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