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Methods for assessing the amount of pressure an insensitive foot can handle are described, whether the foot is affected by Hansen's disease, diabetes, or some other condition. Regular shoes and walking tend to exert pressure on certain spots on the foot, causing sores that can become deep and infected, with loss of digits and mobility. Modifications to shoes are recommended to better distribute weight and pressure. The materials and test methods to determine pressure are demonstrated, and the necessary types of inserts or other changes to footwear are shown.
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Transfer; National Hansen's Disease Program; 20060221; 2006-01.