Diabetics face an increased risk of various skin-related ailments including ulcers, as complications caused by the disease lead to improper blood circulation in the lower limbs. Diabetic shoes are designed to promote blood circulation, thereby decreasing the risk of foot ulcers among patients. Among diabetics, unprotected feet are susceptible to injury due to insufficient blood flow, decreased sensation, foot deformities, dry cracked skin, and slow wound healing. All these factors have propelled the demand for diabetic shoes.
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The global diabetic shoes market operates through a network of store-based and non-store-based retail distributors. The store-based distribution channel has been further categorized into departmental stores and chains, specialty stores, shoe stores, and others. The non-store-based distribution channel has grown significantly in the past couple of years due to the introduction of e-commerce.
Increasing prevalence of diabetes has propelled demand for diabetic shoes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of patients suffering from diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980. Around 422 million people across the world are suffering from diabetes. Diabetes accounted for 1.5 million deaths across the globe in 2012.