Procedure May Limit Diabetics Ulcer Recurrence
Diabetic patients often run the risk of foot complications and even amputation if they do not observe proper foot health. A study conducted by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that they can reduce this risk if they simple reduce the occurrence of ulcers.
Lead author D. Scott Nickerson, MD, from Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic in Sheridan told Medscape Medical in an interview that, “Almost every amputation is preceded by an ulcer wound. If we can do something that changes the risk of having a repeat ulcer or [even] a first ulcer event, we can probably do something to greatly reduce the risk of an amputation.”
This is a very serious issue for diabetic patients, as diabetes can lead to limited mobility and potentially amputation if not treated correctly. This makes it highly recommended to see our expert podiatrists like Dr. Jay G. Levine and Dr. Stephanie Maurais. Our podiatrists can prescribe a treatment plan to keep your feet healthy.
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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