When you're diabetic, if you're blood sugars are elevated, then it causes a microvascular nerve damage, which means the blood vessels that go to the little tiny nerves in your body get damaged first while the smallest nerves in your body or in your feet and your toes. Over the years, I've had several people that come in that are not diabetic that say they have burning pain in their feet, are tingling or numbness in their toes. And sure enough we check their blood sugars and they are elevated and it turns out that they are actually diabetic and didn't know it. That neuropathy is numbness and or pain as a result of blood sugars being elevated. And people of course having diabetes. So, nerve damage results from the diabetes in some patients. And sometimes that can be very, very painful keeping people from being able to walk or preventing people from sleeping at night.
And so this is a diabetic insole and it has three layers of cushion. We heat them up and that helps to protect your feet. It's been shown many, many times over the years that wearing proper fitting shoes and proper shoes in general, along with a diabetic insole can help prevent limb amputation in people that have diabetes, and even death. And we talked about checking your feet, so before you put your shoes on, and then after you take your shoes off, you check your feet. So that's important to look at the top and the bottom of your feet in between your toes. And then if you get any types of ingrown nails, infections, signs of swelling, redness, anything that you're concerned about. We always tell patients that if you're diabetic and if you're concerned about something that's wrong with your feet to call us and we'll get you in as soon as you can make it here. So it's really important because we want to avoid any serious problems. And we know that, that that time delay is sometimes what causes serious problems.