Long-term well-being is always a concern for those with diabetes. Roselle Hartsfield, an 84-year old East Orange resident, has long since resigned herself to her struggle, a struggle spanning almost thirty years. “I have glaucoma in my eyes and two years ago, two of my toes got so badly infected that I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber for 39 days to avoid amputation.”
Murray Las, an endocrinologist and president of the medical staff of Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville, states, “Nerve damage brought on by diabetes causes poor circulation and a lack of feeling such that bacteria which get into a break in the skin can cause infection and lead to the development of gangrene in the limbs, which can necessitate amputation.”
Although experts believe diabetic treatment has advanced, the continued risk of the condition itself on a patient’s long-term health cannot be understated. If you or someone you know struggles with diabetes and its related complications in feet, reach out to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide all the advice and medical recommendation necessary to maintain a healthy life free of complications.
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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