According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, providing good self-foot care can serve to reduce the risk of amputation from 45 percent up to 85 percent in diabetic patients. According to Barbara Sadick of the Wall Street Journal, diabetes is the fastest- growing chronic disease in the U.S.
Additionally, according to experts foot care can reduce the medical expenses incurred by diabetes-related complications. The CDC indicates that more than half of two million people in the US are susceptible to diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause a loss of sensation in the legs and feet. In more extreme cases, it can lead to amputations.
Diabetes is a condition that needs to be monitored constantly. If you or a loved one is a diabetic, please see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your symptoms and manage all your foot and ankle needs.
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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