"Why are diabetic shoes and inserts so important to prevent foot ulcers? The diabetic shoe program evolved because of the strong statistical data that proved that when diabetics were fitted with the proper shoe gear and support, the risk of infections, hospitalizations, and amputations decreased dramatically. The most common foot infection in a diabetic patient is a foot ulceration from a bony prominence. These can be very difficult to heal. With shoes made of certain materials that protect the foot, and inserts that decrease pressure to potential ulcer areas, diabetics have a much better chance of preventing future problems."