Posts for tag: Diabetic Foot Care

By Dr Arden Smith
January 29, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  
                                     Diabetic-Foot-Care
 
Foot problems may become more severe if you are a diabetic, and additional care must be taken to avoid complications. There are several techniques that can be practiced for optimum foot care, including checking the feet daily for any cuts or redness, cutting the toenails correctly, and washing and drying thoroughly between the toes. If the skin becomes hardened, you may consider applying a moisturizer on the top and bottom of the feet which will promote softer skin. Choosing to wear shoes that fit well will not only feel comfortable, but will be beneficial in avoiding conditions that may lead to sores and infections. When buying shoes, it's important to make sure the toes have adequate room to move around, and choosing a shoe with a lower heel may be helpful to avoid falling. It is of vital importance that daily foot inspections be carried out. Any type of wound, especially one that is not healing, must be addressed with immediate attention. A consultation with a podiatrist is advised to learn about the importance of proper diabetic foot care.
 
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact any one of our expert podiatric physicians at  ADVANCED PODIATRY. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
 
Diabetic Foot Care
 
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
 
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.
  • It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
    Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
     
 
On a lighter note-you might have more in common with your favorite celebrity than the same hometown or hair color. If you have diabetes, you are among some pretty famous and talented company.
Tom Hanks-Oscar-Winning Actor
 
Halley Berry-Academy Award Winning Actress
Larry King-Talk Show Host
Salma Hayek-Oscar Nominee
Nick Jonas-Singer
Paula Deen-Celebrity Chef
Drew Carey-Sitcom Star and Game Show Host
Sherry Shepherd- Actress and former Co-Host of The View
Randy Jackson-American Idol Judge
Billie Jean King-Tennis Icon and Superstar
Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears Quarterback
 
Bret Michaels-Rockstar
Patti LaBelle-Singer
And finally, last, but not least, one of my all-time favorites, the late Actress and Icon-Mary Tyler Moore
By Advanced Podiatry
November 11, 2015
Category: Diabetes

GOT SUGAR?

Dr. Alison D. Croughan, DPM

Got SugarChances are you or someone you know is Diabetic; one in three North Americans is Diabetic.  November is National Diabetes Month and in our practice we have been discussing our “Got Sugar” campaign all month long.  What exactly does “Got Sugar” mean? Most of our patients, including the newly diagnosed Diabetics present to our office talking about sugar problems.  The old age saying “too much of anything is not a good thing” fits this situation perfectly.  We all need sugar in our lives; not speaking in terms of flavor, but function.  Blood sugar equates to blood glucose which helps fuel our bodies and the function of our organs, body regulation and natural processes.  

Your blood sugar is regulated by insulin which is a hormone (produced in the pancreas) in our bodies that helps break down the sugar, carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables that we eat.  Diabetes is a disease where the body either does not have enough insulin or is not using it properly.  What does blood sugar have to do with your feet….everything.

Sugar DiabetesToo much glucose in your body directly affects your eyes, kidneys, stomach, skin, immune function, bladder, blood vessels and nerves.   Thickened, painful, dry skin, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, and cramping are symptoms that usually walk into our office as complications of blood sugar that is not controlled properly.  What should your numbers be?  A fasting blood glucose level taken after not eating for at least eight hours should be between 95-115mg/dl.  If your blood glucose level is measured after eating your numbers should be less than 200mg/dl.  If your bloodwork is performed and there is a suspicion that you may be Diabetic than a Hemoglobin A1c will be ordered by your medical doctor.  The Hemoglobin A1c measures your blood glucose over a three month period and gives us the best idea of how your body is regulating its levels.  The goal here is less than 6%.  

Diabetes Awareness

If you are one of the many today (young or old) that is diagnosed it is not the end of the world.  It is where the conversation begins.  Diabetes can be controlled with nutrition, exercise and sometimes medications.  Awareness is the best type of medicine and in this specific case, prevention is the best defense.  

Insurance companies allow preventative care for Diabetic patients (whether Type 1 or 2) and this includes an evaluation of your circulation, sensation, and muscle strength.  A Diabetic Foot evaluation in your Podiatrist’s chair also will include the treatment of painful nails, callouses, corns and in some cases wounds.  Over sixty percent of Diabetics will suffer from nerve damage due to increased blood glucose called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.  Most Diabetics are hospitalized due to this type of nerve damage which can result in wounds and amputations of digits or limbs.

What To Do If You are Diagnosed with Diabetes

1.  See your Primary Care Physician regularly. And follow their advice. They will get you started on the appropriate regimen after running a few tests.

2.  See your Podiatrist as soon as possible and then on a regular basis. If you don’t have one, get one. If you don’t know how to find one, call us, we may know one. We’re like fast food places; you can’t turn around and not run into one.

Why would you need to see a Podiatrist? We keep you moving, literally. No one knows feet better than us. No one. We check everything; your circulation, your nails, skin, foot structure, sensations with various instruments, your gait. We treat any and everything of the feet including corns, callouses, heel spurs, foreign bodies, hammertoes, joint problems, fungal nails, flat feet,  

3.  Exercise (after approval by your MD). Walking is the best way to begin. Inside or outside, it doesn’t matter. Do not make excuses not to go because of the weather or not liking the treadmill or you’re not a ‘gym’ person. Just Do it.

A number of the gyms in the area are also not expensive. And if you think they are, just think of what your monthly bill is at the pharmacy. Some insurances will offer a break on your premiums if you join a gym. And vice versa.

4.  Diet. No, I don’t mean go on one, I mean change it. Eat better. You already know what to and what not to eat. No one has to tell you. If you truly do not know, ask someone in the medical field to direct you to a Nutritionist or a Diabetes Educator. We are all here to help you live a better life from sun up to sundown, every day.

It is also important to note that Medicare has a Diabetic Shoe Program which provides a Diabetic patient with a pair of shoes once a year if they meet the qualifications of the program.  These shoes are a bit wider and deeper than those found on the shelf in your local department stores and come with inserts specifically made for Diabetics that mold to your feet to provide cushioning and support where you specifically need it.  If you yourself are Diabetic or know someone who is and do not see a Podiatrist on a regular basis please contact our office.  Each year the statistics increase in regards to obesity and Diabetes and it is our goal to work with our patients to change these numbers and not let sugar slow them down.



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