Definition: Plastazote cushions are made of closed cell polyethylene foam that is non-allergenic and used principally to make cushions and other devices for diabetics. When wearing cushions made of this material, the foot remains cooler, there is less friction in movement and bacteria is suppressed. Those with peripheral neuropathy, arthritis and diabetes say their feet feel better when they wear cushions made from plastazote.
There are 3 types of plastazote: Pink, white and black. Pink plastazote is the softer material that rests against the body and the other two types are more rigid and are used in the bottom layers of prefabricated or custom supports.
Plastazote cushions are found over the counter in generic sizing and styles. Plastizote is the top layer of custom supports for diabetics or for those who need a soft support.
The Medicare benefit provides each person 3 pairs of these a year. Assuming good hygiene, blood sugar control and correct sizing of shoes, they prevent plantar ulcers, calluses and other life threatening conditions in the feet.
Benefits: Cushions made of this material provide much needed protection against the deleterious effects of arthritis, diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. They tend to be thick so they fit best in shoes that are at least extra depth.
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