By John Guiliana
November 08, 2013
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Too much Halloween Candy? Here comes the Diabetes!

 

            Diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time. 11.3% of Americans over the age of 20 are currently struggling with diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

            There is a very large risk in the diabetic population to have complications in the lower extremities and feet. Many of the first symptoms new diabetics will experience begin in the feet. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the feet and legs
  • Swelling and color changes in the legs and feet
  • Diminished blood flow to the feet causing cold feet, leg cramps and diminished hair growth

            There are many other symptoms that you should be looking for if you are concerned about diabetes and these include:

  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Needing to use the bathroom frequently during the day and at night
  • Sensation of being hungry shortly after eating
  • Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight

If you currently struggle with diabetes there arechanges that need to be made in your life and many of them revolve around proper foot care. Diabetics are at increased risk for infection because their immune system is suppressed. There are also problems with healing that make small cuts or sores on the body serious concerns because they are an entry for infection. A simple cut in the foot can lead to a serious infection very quickly. If untreated for even a short period of time a diabetic foot infection can lead to an amputation of a toe or possibly an entire limb.

Here are a few of the guidelines that Diabetics should live by in regards to foot care:

  • Wear white socks and supportive shoes that cover your toes
  • Check the bottoms of your feet daily for cuts and sores and check your socks for signs of blood
  • See a foot specialist at least yearly to evaluate your feet for the onset of neuropathy or numbness in the feet and toes
  • See a doctor immediately if you have swelling, redness and pain in the feet as this may be a serious sign of infection

Here at Foot Care Associates PC in Hackettstown, New Jersey, we specialize in treating and maintaining the diabetic foot. Hundreds of people every day are losing toes and feet to amputation because they waited too long to take care of a very important part of their body. Our specialists are trained to deal quickly and decisively with any complication of the feet or legs caused by diabetes.

By John Guiliana

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