Posts for tag: Diabetics
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that patients who have diabetes are open to a slew of
Fortunately, there are ways for patients to reduce their risk of diabetic complications. These include:
- Schedule regular checkups with our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. everysix months. Teaming up with your podiatrist to help manage the effects of diabetes on your feet can significantly reduce your risk of hospitalization and amputation.
- Practice good daily hygiene. Wash your feet with warm (not hot) water and soap every day. Dry completely—especially between your toes because that’s where athlete’s foot often first develops. Use a foot powder in the morning on your feet and a rich moisturizer at night.
- Choose footwear wisely. Socks should have no seams, be thick and absorbent and made of a material that wicks moisture away from your skin. Shoes and boots should have roomy toe boxes, low heels and a cushioned insole for maximum protection. Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to check for loose stitching or rough patches that may cause blisters.
- Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily. Look for cuts, blisters, bruises, swelling, redness, rashes, growths or lumps. Run the eraser end of a pencil over the entire foot to see if you detect any decrease in sensation in any part of your foot. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to get any concerning symptoms evaluated promptly.
Did you know that arthritis is not just one disease but rather a category that covers over 100 different joint disorders? At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that with 33 joints in each of your feet any form of arthritis can prove to be very debilitating. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and we’d like to do our part by educating patients about other conditions that can be associated with arthritis.
Diabetes—if you have diabetes, your risk of developing arthritis is nearly doubled. This hormonal problem can cause musculoskeletal changes that can create joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can affect your feet severely. Left untreated, joint damage can occur.
Obesity—carrying excess weight both increases your risk for getting certain kinds of arthritis and makes arthritic conditions worse. Currently, one in five Americans has arthritis, but among patients diagnosed as obese, that number increases to one in three. Since your feet bear the weight and pressure of your entire body, being overweight greatly increases the pain from arthritis in your lower extremities and also can decrease your mobility.
Heart Disease—all types of arthritis involve inflammation. And some types are actually classified as inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis. Inflammation from any source increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Depression—patients with arthritis have higher rates of anxiety and depression. Being in pain, losing the ability to do things you could previously do and worrying about the progression of the disease can all have a negative impact on your mental health.
If you’re experiencing any joint stiffness, pain or discomfort, get it checked out promptly at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will want to examine your feet and get a complete medical history. A total body approach will benefit your feet and help you continue to live the active life you enjoy. Contact us today for an appointment.
Bunions have become common occurrences due to the fact that popular fashion trends bring tight and uncomfortable shoes, which in turn cause the big toe to point towards its adjacent toe. Since women tend to wear different types of shoes that are narrow and have high heels, they have a higher chance then men do of developing bunions. This condition can also be hereditary as abnormal bone growth can make certain individuals better candidates for developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filed with fluid and become very painful or hinder mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit properly.
Preventative measures for this condition include wearing shoes with wide toe boxes that are comfortable, wearing special pads on the area of the foot where bunions are most likely to form or wearing spacers to cause a separation in the first two toes. Taking these steps will help to stop unnecessary friction from occurring on the toes most susceptible to developing bunions.
When the steps measured above are not enough to stop the onset of bunions and thereafter infection, surgery will be used to further reduce pain. Surgery will also likely be required for diabetics who develop bunions due to complications and dangers associated with their particular condition. It’s also important to note that although surgery is very helpful, it will not guarantee that you can go back to wearing tight fitting shoes or performing physical activities that place intense amounts of stress on feet. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and contact us to schedule a visit.
Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can deliver lasting treatment for this condition. Please give us a call to learn more or come see us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
To prevent various foot problems that are known to occur in diabetics such as decreased blood flow to the lower extremities and nerve damage, diabetics should practice regular preventative measures. A simple daily foot care regimen can include washing the feet with mild soap and warm water, carefully drying the feet, and examining the feet for small injuries such as cuts or blisters. Any injuries found should be cleaned with mild soap and water before being covered with an appropriate dressing. Wearing clean socks and shoes will also keep the feet hygienic.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.