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Suffering from diabetes comes with a variety of extra daily tasks such as checking your blood sugar or administering doses of insulin. However, one thing many people overlook is the care of their feet. Diabetic foot care is important for more reasons than one. How should you properly care for your feet if you suffer from diabetes? Find out more about caring for your feet with Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes causes decreased blood flow to the extremities, such as your hands or feet, which, in turn, causes numbness. Due to their location, you may not notice injuries or sores on the feet. This means that a simple cut or scrape may be left untreated, become infected, and become a serious problem before the patient notices it is even there. Daily diabetic foot care is a crucial part of preventing this unfortunate situation from happening.
How should I care for my feet as a diabetic?
Diabetic foot care begins with a daily inspection of the feet. Look for any cuts, scrapes, bruising, irritation, or inflammation and remember to treat and check any issues regularly. Always cut your toenails straight across to prevent issues like ingrown toenails. Always shake out your shoes to rid them of any debris which could injure your foot. Regular examinations with your podiatrist give you the chance to catch and treat issues early before they become a serious problem.
Diabetic Foot Care and Regular Foot Examinations in New York and Amsterdam
At a regular foot examination, your doctor will visually examine your feet and between your toes and take note of any issues. They may want to treat mild problems or take precautions against problems. Your podiatrist will also go over any concerns you may have about your foot health. If necessary, imaging techniques like x-rays may help your doctor investigate a symptom or an abnormality they noticed during your physical examination.
For more information on diabetic foot care and regular foot examinations, please contact Dr. Jimenez, Dr. Fletcher, and Dr. Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY. Call (212) 845-9991 to schedule your appointment at either Foot Health Podiatry location today!
A study conducted in Denmark found that children who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to develop foot, ankle, and leg injuries during engagement in physical activity as opposed to children at lower weights.
Researchers studied 632 overweight children who went to physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.
The group of children experienced 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” as compared to only 4.4 per 1000 for lighter children. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.
As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jiménez will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.
How Obesity Affects Your Feet
Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.
- Leaning forward (uneven posture)
- Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
- Development of Type-2 diabetes
- Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
- Small sores
- Plantar Fasciitis
Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.
- Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
- Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
- Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on your feet
- Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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A new study from the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association states that ulcers in the legs of patients with diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP) are much less likely to reappear if the standard foot-ulcer operation is combined with an operative nerve decompression procedure.
"Almost every amputation is preceded by an ulcer wound,” said D. Scott Nickerson, MD, a doctor at Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic and lead author of the study. “If we can do something that changes the risk of having a repeat ulcer or a first ulcer event, we can probably do something to greatly reduce the risk of an amputation.” Still, some opponents of operative nerve decompression argue that it hasn’t been proven to be effective at treating DSP yet and don’t believe it should be used.
Many diabetic patients are unaware of how much extra attention they need to give to foot care. For assistance, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can make sure that your feet are free of complications due to diabetes.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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