mage of a table with various custom orthotics shoe inserts in different colors (pink, blue, brown, and red), as well as a shoe-wearing man and an orthotics machine. The man is holding a pair of shoes, while the orthotics machine and custom inserts are visible in the background. The inserts may be arranged in rows to showcase the different colors and types of custom orthotics available.

Understanding Diabetic Orthotics

Diabetic orthotics are medical-grade shoe inserts made from durable and highly supportive materials. These inserts provide support for the feet and ankles that can help improve stability, aid in recovery from injury, ease pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, and more.

The goal of a custom diabetic orthotics is to improve circulation and reduce pain in patients who have diabetes or high blood sugar levels. Diabetic orthotic inserts are designed specifically for people with diabetes who have foot problems such as nerve damage or swelling.

There are several different types of diabetic orthotics available including arch supports, heel cups/heel lifts, and other specialized footwear products designed especially for those suffering from diabetic conditions.

What are diabetic orthotics or custom shoe inserts?

Diabetic orthotics are custom-made devices that fit inside of shoes and provide support to the foot. At Restore Life Physiotherapy Waterloo, we use durable EVA material, and they come in different shapes and sizes depending on your needs. Some diabetic inserts help with plantar fasciitis (painful inflammation of the arch), while others are designed to help with shin splints (painful inflammation at the bottom of your heel).

Diabetic insoles help you walk comfortably even when you are wearing normal shoes because they provide cushioning against hard surfaces such as tile floors or concrete stairs in addition to giving your heel more room while walking so it doesn’t rub against parts of shoes during long walks outside!

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What are the benefits of Diabetic custom orthotic inserts?

Diabetic custom orthotic inserts are designed to help relieve pain and improve your overall comfort. They also help to reduce the pressure on your feet, knees, and back.

  • Reduced Pressure: The most common reason people who have diabetes experience foot problems is because they have lost sensation in their feet due to nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels. This causes them to walk with an abnormal gait (walking pattern) that can eventually cause joint damage and even bone problems in the future if left untreated. By wearing a diabetic insert you will be able to reduce this pressure on your feet which will allow them time for healing while still providing support where it’s needed most: around the ankle area where most foot injuries occur during daily activities such as walking or outdoor like a trail or uneven surfaces.
  • Increased Stability: It’s important for diabetics who must use their hands frequently throughout everyday life like working at home or going grocery shopping without assistance from others nearby so having proper footwear allows them greater control over how much weight is being placed upon each individual part of their body – including those areas closest related towards its centerline (such as between toes). This helps prevent injury from occurring due not only to increased stability but also because it helps to prevent a loss of balance by providing greater support for your ankles and knees as well.
  • Increased Comfort – The extra padding in these inserts will provide cushioning on top of your feet that allows you to walk or stand more comfortably without discomfort from soreness or blisters from wearing shoes without insoles (if you have some type of foot disease).

What types of conditions benefit from diabetic foot inserts or orthotics?

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Hallux limitation or Rigidus (a painful condition that occurs when the big toe cannot move in its socket)
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Hammertoe. This nerve pain is caused by pressure on a specific area of the foot and leg. It can be treated with orthotics.
  • Corns and calluses are common problems for people who have diabetes because they don’t get enough circulation in their feet due to poor circulation due to nerve damage from neuropathy (nerve damage). Footwear that isn’t properly fitted will exacerbate these conditions even more so if you have neuropathy!

How can I get a pair of diabetic custom orthotics?

If you are in Waterloo, look no further! Diabetic foot inserts or custom orthotics can be prescribed to you by a pedorthist at Restore Life Physiotherapy and Wellness Waterloo, after determining if you are a candidate for the custom orthotics. They will also be able to help you decide which type of custom orthotics is best for your feet and legs.

If you would like more information about our EVA diabetic custom orthotics inserts, contact us today at our Restore Life Physiotherapy Waterloo Physiotherapy Clinic!


Diabetic orthotics are an important part of treating diabetes-related foot problems. When you add them in with regular exercise and stretching routines, it can help you feel better and have a more active lifestyle. If you’re looking for a way to make your life easier when it comes to walking around or going on long walks through the woods, then give us a call today at our Waterloo physiotherapy clinic!

Our staff members will be happy to answer any questions about diabetic inserts and their benefits as well as provide some suggestions on what type might work best for your needs.

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