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Posts for category: Diabetes

Two complications of diabetes are nerve damage and restricted bloodflow to the legs and feet. Both increase the risk of various foot complications. 
 
Nerve damage decreases the feeling in your feet, a common condition called peripheral neuropathy. Reduced blood flow to the feet makes it harder to heal an injury, or resist an infection. Left untreated, even minor cuts and blisters can become serious infections that ultimately may require toe, foot, or leg amputation.
 
This is why it’s important to have an Advanced Podiatry podiatrist on your "diabetes care team". Working closely with your podiatrist can reduce the risk of developing foot, ankle, and leg issues, such as neuropathic ulcers, infections, nerve and bone damage, Charcot neuroarthropathy [joint damage] – and even amputations. Studies have shown that patients with a diabetic foot ulcer who have a podiatrist on their team can reduce amputations by 36%. 
 
If you suffer from diabetes, call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices and add our award winning expert podiatrists to your "diabetes care team."
By By Arden Smith
April 11, 2022
Category: Diabetes

Serious foot complications can be part of diabetes. For instance, nerve damage – or neuropathy – is a loss of sensation that can occur due to uncontrolled diabetes.

Neuropathy can then result in calluses, which can lead to diabetic ulcers. In severe cases, this can also cause foot infections that may even lead to amputations if not managed in a timely manner.

Other foot problems caused by diabetes can include:

Hammertoe Deformity‘s due to a neuropathy induced imbalance with tendon and  muscle. 

Poor circulation that may cause irreversible damage such as gangrene 

Skin disorders like cracked skin or fungal infections due to an immunocompromised state.

If you are a diabetic and suspect any foot issue, it is imperative that you call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices of Manhasset, Huntington, Maspeth, Plainview, Coram, Williston Park, or Mineola. And one of our award-winning, expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss the best treatment options with you. 

Remember, as Benjamin Franklin said, "an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure", so a biannual diabetic foot evaluation by one of our expert Advanced Podiatry podiatrists is prudent.

 

By Dr Arden Smith
April 11, 2022
Category: Diabetes
Serious foot complications can be part of diabetes. For instance, nerve damage – or neuropathy – is a loss of sensation that can occur due to uncontrolled diabetes.
 
Neuropathy can then result in calluses, which can lead to diabetic ulcers. In severe cases, this can also cause foot infections that may even lead to amputations if not managed in a timely manner.
 
Other foot problems caused by diabetes can include:
Hammertoe Deformity‘s due to a neuropathy induced imbalance with tendon and  muscle. 
Poor circulation that may cause irreversible damage such as gangrene 
Skin disorders like cracked skin or fungal infections due to an immunocompromised state.
 
If you are a diabetic and suspect any foot issue, it is imperative that you call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices of Manhasset, Huntington, Maspeth, Plainview, Coram, Williston Park, or Mineola. And one of our award-winning, expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss the best treatment options with you. 
 
Remember, as Benjamin Franklin said, "an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure", so a biannual diabetic foot evaluation by one of our expert Advanced Podiatry podiatrists is prudent.
Your feet are the foundation of an active lifestyle. But, if diabetes has been damaging the nerves of your lower extremities, you may begin experiencing peripheral neuropathy-numbness, tingling, or burning in the feet and the and the toes.
 
With the loss of feeling comes other serious risks such as loss of balance leading to frequent falls and open sores on the feet, causing possible amputation.
 
Once numbness sets in, you are now also at greater risk of falling. In fact, your risk of falling triples if you have a nerve disorder such as peripheral neuropathy. If you fall once, it doubles your chances of falling again. One in five falls causes serious injury, with 18,000 fatalities yearly in older adults according to the CDC.
 
Speak to one of our award-winning expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Maspeth, Huntington, Plainview, and Coram  about available exercise via Silver Sneakers, physical therapy, or even a personal trainer, and other weight loss options to improve glucose control; and see one of our Advanced Podiatry expert podiatrists regularly to keep that active lifestyle you deserve.
By Dr MaryAnn D’Amara
July 31, 2021
Category: Diabetes

One of the most important things for a diabetic is to be aware of proper foot care! Many adults can’t reach or see their feet and take the out of sight, out of mind approach. This is not recommended for diabetics or even prediabetics. Podiatry checkups are a must to avoid complications of diabetes affecting the feet like ulcers, infections and fungus.

Many people do not realize what a podiatry exam entails: circulation is checked by palpating the foot pulses, sensation and reflexes are tested, skin and nails are examined, gait is analyzed to check for undue stresses while walking. Shoes are evaluated and activities are discussed.

Some of the home care instructions include:

  • Do not walk barefoot,
  • Shoes should be supportive with proper fit and avoid manmade materials,
  • Socks should not be constrictive,
  • Skin should be checked daily for cuts, scrapes and foreign body. A mirror can be used as an aide to see the bottom of the foot,
  • Dry well between toes,
  • Proper diet and exercise.

One of the goals of a podiatrist is to keep diabetics informed so they can have a long life with happy, healthy feet!!                                                    



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