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Diabetes and the uvex motion 3XL safety shoe

The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes is rising constantly. In Germany alone, it is estimated that around nine million people live with the disease today. Diabetics who must wear safety footwear are particularly at risk.

Diabetes is a disease which primarily affects sugar metabolism, although in certain circumstances it also affects the skin’s equilibrium. In this way, defective nerves hinder the skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels. This results in very dry skin with reduced elasticity. The danger of skin calluses and tears forming is therefore increased, while there is an additional risk of germs penetrating the skin and causing infection.

However, nerve disorders also entail a reduced sensitivity to pain: pressure and abrasion points in shoes can no longer be felt properly, increasing the possibility of injury resulting from chafing. Nevertheless, these injuries can be prevented and sensibly counteracted if the shoes to be worn are broad enough and the caps are sufficiently high.

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Diabetic foot protection with the uvex motion 3XL

The uvex motion 3XL safety shoe range fulfils all conditions required to ensure optimum foot protection in people with diabetes, as well as potentially offering protection against more severe injury too:

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1) The width of the shoes and boots is over 15, while the toe cap is extremely high and wide. This protects even the broadest feet and, as the case may be, hammer and claw toes, by providing sufficient room and flexibility.

2) The orthopaedic construction set provides experts with sufficient opportunity to include thick padding and other elements designed to increase comfort. The maximum insole thickness must be less then the protective toe cap of 10mm (in standard safety shoes this is just 3mm) and less than the heel of 15 mm (6mm in standard safety shoes). This means that special diabetes insoles can be inserted without problem.

3) The lining and seams are designed in such a way to ensure that the majority of padding requirements are met.

4) In addition, the boots offer individually adjustable stability features around the ankle and lower leg. This ultimately allows any potential issues with twisted ankles or, in certain cases, even foot drop (dorsiflexion) to be prevented.

Safety footwear for diabetics must clearly achieve more than the requisite level of protection outlined in ISO 20345:2011. Our certified uvex medicare system partner would be happy to support you in ordering and adapting such shoes and boots.


Regulating balance when on the ground

Back pain often starts in the feet. Suitable insoles can help those afflicted to restore a sense of harmony to their bodies.

medicare_fuss_cmy_300pxAs architects and engineers know only too well, cracks in roof structures are generally an indication of problems with static. This usually begins from the ground up. The human musculoskeletal system is certainly slightly more complex than the average building, but the principle remains the same. The source of back and neck pain is often not to be found anywhere along the spine, but in the place where our bodies are in contact with the ground, namely our feet.
From an anatomical perspective, standing and walking place great strain on the body. These actions are not just felt on the heels, toes and balls of the feet, but their effects are also dispersed among many other sensitive areas. The receptors in the feet play a major role in regulating balance, swiftly registering uneven ground and helping us to adjust. If we accept that the human foot is a work of art, composed of 26 bones in addition to ligaments and muscles, then it’s clear that as a general rule, only specialists such as orthopaedists, podiatrists, orthotists, chiropractors and osteopaths can really understand the complexities of the foot as a whole.

Warning signs from irregular strain

Chain reactions feature prominently in this area. Even the slightest deviation from ideal conditions can result in large differences for those affected. One of the factors in play here is the shape of a foot. This alone can be sufficient to send warning signs high up the back and into the neck when the feet are subjected to irregular strains. In this way, flat-footed people run the risk of harming their pelvis, as this causes it to gradually shift forward. For people with hollow feet, the trend is reversed with the pelvis likely to shift backward.

Alongside differing foot shapes, misaligned feet also represent another cause of back problems. Frequent, long-lasting movements on hard surfaces can cause the arch of the foot to flatten out considerably, fatiguing the muscle structures. In addition, there is also a widespread tendency to point feet outwards in order to improve stability. Should both these issues occur simultaneously, there is a serious risk of severe, long-term back problems. This is a particular cause for concern if displaying strain behaviour, when the ratio of pressure to load between the heel, outside of the foot and big toe is no longer ideally balanced and in proportion.

Suitable insoles offer a solution

6499_904_300pxSo, what are the options? If the foot static changes, the body responds by modifying the positioning of the legs. The spinal column also shifts to correspond with the changes elsewhere, which can only be a negative thing. The muscle structure of the affected person falls victim to this new strain. The consequence is tension which can result in long-term posture problems and is often also the reason for chronic back pain often associated with this. Is this fate? No. This type of back pain has traditionally been successfully treated with insoles. People who walk with insoles in their shoes ensure that their feet are gradually realigned into a healthier position, thereby supporting the body in regaining its ideal equilibrium. This also applies to wearing shoes, particularly occupation safety footwear. Strain on the feet can be particularly high in the workplace, because employees are often on their feet on hard surfaces such as factory floors for long periods. The important thing to consider here is that the insoles should not just be perfectly adapted to the individual’s foot contours, but also their gait.

Passive and active soles

There are in fact two styles of insoles – passive and active. Passive insoles support the wearer by fixing their feet in the optimal position, thereby passively ensuring the ideal posture. In other words, this means correcting possible deformations or postural issues by raising and propping the arch of the foot. Active insoles (also known as “proprioceptive” or “sensomotoric” insoles” are primarily used when the foot and any possible misaligning, influenced by the movement of muscle and tendon tensions, should (can) be corrected. This happens using a neurophysiological stimulation of the sensorial cell on the soles of the feet. Long-standing irritation of these receptors can help to stabilise and re-harmonise the entire muscle structure of the body, including all the way up to the neck and jaw, when applied over a considerable period of time. Furthermore, should the gait be successfully realigned, those painful back problems could soon be a thing of the past.

Would you like to discover more about this subject?
– The uvex safety group offers “sensomotoric insoles” to be worn with safety footwear. If you have any questions, please email expertenblog@uvex.de and we will be happy to help.


uvex motion 3XL – a new dimension in foot protection

Whether walking or standing still, safety footwear has to fit perfectly. uvex medicare’s orthopaedic foot protection is individually adapted to optimally help wearers’ medical problems relating to the feet.

The uvex motion 3XL is more than just a safety shoe; it is a true “space miracle”, which meets all the requirements for safety while providing unparalleled wearer comfort. It fulfils the requirements of S3 shoes in accordance with industrial health and safety norm ISO 20345:2011. It also has SRC slip resistance, is lacquer-neutral and is certified for using orthopaedic insoles and shoe adjustments.

A middle ground between standard safety footwear and custom-made shoes

In addition, the uvex motion 3XL is the solution for all wearers of safety footwear who require greater width for extra wide feet or special shoes for medical problems (e.g. diabetics or hammer, claw and mallet toes) without having to resort to expensive custom-made shoes.

Professional, practical and cost-efficient solution

With the uvex motion 3XL, industrial health and safety experts at uvex have developed a safety shoe model that features functionality in every detail.
The generous shoe width is considerably above 15 and therefore provides ample room for inserting a thick insole (e.g. special diabetic insole). To prevent toes from being squashed, the shoe length has been extended by 1 cm beyond the optimum fit with the normal shoe size. The shaft construction is virtually seam-free to prevent pressure points. Exceptionally high, wide and anatomically shaped uvex medi-cap toe cap ensures sufficient room for irregular feet (e.g. hammer, claw and mallet toes), splints, inner shells or light foot bandages, so that the risk of pressure points is reduced.

In addition, this model offers good freedom of movement around the toes taking into account the big toe joint.

The heel cap, which is extended both inside and outside, ensures optimum heel guidance. This improves body static and increases stability.

The upper material is breathable, hydrophobic high-tech microvelour coupled with particularly breathable distance mesh lining. This synthetic material is suitable for people allergic to chrome.

uvex motion 3XL has flexibility for using orthopaedic insoles and shoe adjustments.

The uvex motion 3XL is offered as a complete orthopaedic package, with construction material comprising soft, conductive 6 mm thick EVA foam, in combination with orthopaedic inserts with EVA core.

Please note:

Use of uvex motion 3XL in combination with orthopaedic/medical treatment, prophylactic or medical diagnosis (e.g. prevention of diabetes-related subsequent foot problems) must be evaluated and realised by an orthopaedic specialist.

uvex motion 3XL – a true “space miracle” with unprecedented width.

The fashionable sporty design increases wearer acceptance considerably and therefore reduces the loss of working time due to illness.