When conversation turns to diabetes management, most people focus on the need to maintain blood glucose levels, good levels of physical activity, and weight control. Many seem to overlook, however, the fact that diabetes is a major cause of amputations and that more interest should be shown in the need to ensure that ulcers and injuries do not worsen and become gangrenous.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 340 million people in the world suffer from diabetes. The need for both diabetes prevention and diabetes management come hand in hand. When amputation in diabetics cannot be avoided, there should instead be a greater effort in increasing quality of life with the use of advanced prosthetics.
Diabetes is often the cause of foot conditions like neuropathy and ulcers. If you are diabetic, get your feet checked out by podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can examine your lower extremities and determine if you have any problems that require medical attention.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every 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 proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.
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