Published Date : May 27, 2016
The ways in which diabetes affects the human body is still a huge subject of study for the healthcare sector. However, it can be stated for sure that diabetes affects the feet in more ways than one. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a dangerous case of nerve damage at the feet, leaving them without sensations of hot, cold, or pain. In a worst case scenario, such type of a “sensory diabetic neuropathy” can impair the person from feeling a cut or a sore, which, if left untreated can become sorely infected.
Increasing Number of Amputations to Propel Overall Market
Given the nature of this metabolic disorder, diabetic feet are always at an increased risk of ulcers and skin-related issues that may lead to severe complications due to poor blood circulation in the lower limbs. To prevent these conditions and to assist blood circulation wearing diabetic shoes is exceptionally important for such patients. According to the American Diabetic Association, the number of diabetics suffering from foot ulcer each year are 600,000 the U.S. alone. Of these, about 80,000 undergo amputations. The increasing awareness of diabetes and growing number of counseling programs focusing on the care of diabetic foot are collectively expected to drive the global diabetic shoes market.
Customizations of Diabetic Shoes to Increase Market Growth
This market is also expected to be driven by growing number of manufacturers investing researching and developing innovative diabetic shoes. The ability to customize these shoes is also expected to fuel the growth of this market. For instance, technology such as shoe implants is expected to revolutionize the diabetic shoes market across the globe.
North America Emerges as a Leading Regional Segment in Global Market
Currently, North America holds a significant share in the overall diabetic shoes market due to the high prevalence of the disease, availability of shoes, and awareness about issues related to diabetic feet. However, analysts predict that in the coming years Asia Pacific diabetic shoes market will also grow to a large extent due to rising consumer awareness.