Silver [Insoles] Could Save Your Feet

Silver is the new secret weapon in the fight against diabetic foot ulcersResearchers in Mexico are working on a new insole designed to stave off ulcers, one of the top culprits in diabetes related foot amputations.

The secret ingredient in these new shoe inserts? Silver (infused into the insoles in nano-sized particles, that is.) Apparently, silver has anti-bacterial properties that, when exposed to a diabetic foot ulcer, can help facilitate rapid healing of the wound.

People with diabetes are more prone to developing hard-to-heal wounds on their feet due to changes in their blood-sugar levels that can lead to poor circulation to the outer extremities (peripheral neuropathy.) While this new product has already passed the clinical trial stage in Mexico, it is not yet readily available in that country, let alone here in the United States.

Since diabetics form wounds more easily and have a harder time healing once they develop, I always urge preventative care with patients at my Houston podiatry practice. I recommend twice-yearly visits with your podiatrist for comprehensive foot exams, and daily foot inspections are a must in your home.  Schedule your in-office visit today by clicking here.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.