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The comfort and foot health of our customers is at the forefront of everything we do. With this in mind, we approached The College of Podiatry (COP) to ask them to review our footwear range and advise on its suitability for people with diabetes.
The College of Podiatry is the Professional Body and Trade Union for registered podiatrists. They represent around 10,000 private practitioners, NHS podiatrists, students and retired members. They sent a review team to our headquarters in Somerset on the 10th April 2019. The visiting team consisted of:
- Prof Paul Chadwick PhD - Clinical Director at The College of Podiatry
- Krishna Gohil - Podiatry Project Officer at The College of Podiatry, Advanced Podiatrist (Diabetes) Northampton
- Martin Nunn - Council Member at The College of Podiatry, Advanced Podiatrist (Biomechanics) Bolton NHS Foundation
The panel used published research and guidelines to formulate a standardised approach to assess which Cosyfeet styles could be considered appropriate for people with diabetes.
It is worth noting that about 70% of people with diabetes are considered ‘low risk’ and providing they follow their GP’s advice, can wear most footwear quite happily. The panel’s advice was geared towards those at higher risk who need to take greater care over the footwear choices they make.
The panel examined each footwear style in turn and subsequently submitted a report. Based on their guidance, we have now marked a number of styles as diabetic-friendly. Look out for the logo in our catalogue and online.We advise all those at potential risk of foot complications due to diabetes to choose well-fitting shoes, maintain good control of blood glucose and check feet regularly. It’s important to seek the advice of a podiatrist or health professional regarding any concerns about footwear suitability. We also stress the importance of running fingers inside any item before wearing to check for anything that may harm. New footwear should be worn for 30 minutes to 1 hour and feet then inspected for pressure marks or irritation. A hand mirror can be useful to help with examination of the entire foot. Wear time can then be gradually increased, with feet inspected regularly.