The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that good foot care can serve to significantly reduce the likelihood of amputation in diabetic patients from 45 percent to an astonishing 85 percent.
According to Barbara Sadick of theWall Street Journal, diabetes is the fastest- growing chronic disease in the U.S. Experts believe a cost-effective way to treat diabetic feet is to simply have good foot care. The CDC indicates that more than half of two million people in the US are susceptible to diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy can cause loss of feelings in the legs and feet and in extreme cases lead to lower-extremity amputations.
Diabetics need to take extra good care of their feet. If you or a loved one is diabetic, one of our podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay can help you. Our podiatrists can provide the care that your feet need and deserve.
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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