Preventative Medical Foot Care In Diabetics

Neuropathy (numbness). Neuropathy is a condition when you lose sensation in your limbs and lower extremities. Continuous and prolonged elevated glucose levels over time can cause this to happen. This condition has a way of creeping up on everyone. Often most people are not aware of the problems until it's too late to cure it.Because of numbness, the patients can't feel small cuts on their feet , wounds and ulcers can go untreated for days even weeks. Also numbness can cause a patient not to shift or move or exercise their feet when pressure points develop. This can lead to wounds and ulcers development very easily. Before putting on a pair of shoes, shake them out to remove any tiny debris that might possibly be inside the shoes. Rub your hand on the inside of the shoes to feel for any worn or rough places in the shoes that could irritate the feet. Diabetic feet need the comfort of a shoe with a roomy toe box, so toes won't sandwiched together and develop corns or calluses. Socks that wick moisture away from the feet will help feet stay dry and help prevent any irritation shoes may cause. Therapists provide custom contact fitting for patients with neuropathic foot ulcers, fractures and Charcot's Syndrome. Custom fitting allows weight to be evenly distributed across the foot and allows for healing, which enables you to return to activities of daily living. Our goal is to educate you about how to prevent foot lesions, diagnose specific lesions of the foot with comprehensive assessment, provide immediate treatment of identified problems, provide regular follow-up treatments and prevent recurrent foot problems. Postoperative shoes or wedge shoes are also used and must be large enough to accommodate bulky dressings. Proper offloading remains the biggest challenge for clinicians dealing with diabetic foot ulcers. Infection control It is important to keep diabetes under control to avoid problems occurring which have long lasting effects. Dealing with diabetes can be challenging, but some of the complications this condition causes such as renal and cardiovascular disease, eye deterioration and problems with peripheral blood vessels can be much worse. Have regular blood tests to check for other autoimmune conditions and if they are found get the necessary treatment without delay. If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, look after your body by consuming the right food and drink and exercising regularly. As yet Diabetes is not a condition that can be cured, but it can be controlled and risks minimised.diabetic foot problems Wearing shoes is a "must do" for a diabetic to protect the feet against rough walking surfaces. They need shoes that fit properly and that have adequate support. Adjust the shoe fit so it doesn't rub blisters or cause calluses. Even the socks worn should be of excellent quality and in materials such as pure cotton or wool. There are socks specifically designed for diabetics that offer excellent support for the feet and help with circulation. Wear shoes or socks to keep the feet of a diabetic protected from both heat, which will cause swelling, and cold, which will cause drying and cracking. Hypoglycemia, is when the pancreas secrete a hormone called 'glycogen', where the liver and muscles convert it back to glucose. This then starts off a reaction of where the kidneys, small intestines and liver break down protein into glucose, after the stored glycogen is used up. When it peaks, the symptoms escalate from mild to severe. There are three main types of diabetes - Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes (doesn't have any early symptoms) and gestational diabetes (only during pregnancy). Dr. Joseph actively advocates the prevention of diabetes foot problems, having traveled over the years to meet with government, hospital and health insurance officials with his message. Recently, while looking for more information on diabetes, I came across an article “Long-term consequences of diabetes” by Chris D. Meletis (see Townsend Letter. May 2009 i310 p54(7)). The article estimated that 23.6 million people in the United States are diabetic. However, what is scary is that there are another 5.7 million people out there who are not diagnosed even though they are in the higher risk group of getting diabetes. This is only for the United States but what about other countries? What are the likely consequences that these people are likely to face when their conditions are left untreated? of the 16 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes often develop foot problems. Poor blood circulation and neuropathy cause numbness or loss of feeling of pain, heat or cold. Usually a diabetic who suffers from neuropathy suffers minor cuts, scrapes and blisters that he may not be aware of due to insensitivity. These injuries may lead to complications such as ulceration and even amputation. Neuropathy may cause bunions and hammer toes or other related foot deformities. It is a must for a diabetic to take precautions for preventing foot injuries. Diabetics must observe and take extra concern to reduce the risk of serious foot injuries due to neuropathy.