Diabetic Foot Care

Foot Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care, General Foot Care

When many people think of foot ulcers, thoughts of uncontrolled diabetes often come to mind. Although there is a strong connection between diabetes and foot ulcer formation, it is not the only health condition associated with such problems. That’s partially because there are more than one type of foot ulcer. The ones that typically befall diabetic foot care patients are known as neurotrophic ulcers. They are called that because they often form due to nerve damage. The nerve damage causes the feet to become desensitized, which in turn allow everyday lacerations and puncture wounds to enlarge and become grossly infected. For diabetics, their nerve damage is caused by chronic, elevated blood sugar levels. However, there are additional medical conditions that are affiliated with nerve damage. They include, but are not confined to traumatic spinal injuries, syphilitic myelopathy, transverse myelitis and certain forms of spina bifida. The other two types of foot ulcers that Delray podiatrists often treat at their podiatry offices are arterial and venous stasis ulcers. Both are associated with an interruption in blood supply. The first one concerns itself with arterial blood flow and the second one is affiliated with the blood that courses through a human’s veins. Diabetics are prone to have circulation problems too, hence why they often end up with venous stasis and arterial foot ulcers as well. The list of additional comorbidities that may lead to such foot ulcers includes, but is not limited to the following: Lymphedema and Inflammatory Diseases Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Renal Disease and Kidney Failure Hypertension and Heart Disease Chronic Venous Insufficiency Unresolved Varicose Veins Deep Vein Thrombosis Thankfully, whether podiatrists in Delray, FL specialize in diabetic foot care or not, they are capable of treating all three types of foot ulcers. To learn more about those various treatments and how to reduce one’s risk of developing foot ulcers in the first place, please contact a podiatrist...

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Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care

The human foot really gets quite a bad rap to be honest. Not only do they take a punishment on a day-to-day basis just by bearing literally all of our weight while we run around from place to place, but they’re also sort of dismissed as being just plain ugly in most cases. With this in mind, it can be hard to remember how important to us they really are. People living with diabetes need to be especially cognizant of how to properly take care of their feet. This is done in an effort to avoid foot ulcers and the more debilitating effects of neuropathy, a serious diabetic health complication. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase specially made diabetic shoes. The following is a brief synopsis of the important benefits of diabetic shoes: Best Circulation – Improper fitting shoes can be one of the worst culprits of poor circulation, which can lead to severe problems for people with diabetes. Diabetic shoes are specially designed for a perfect fit. They will allow more air in for better breathability in your feet. Better support, more cushioning, and improved durability are some of the other benefits that will all lead to the best circulation your feet can get. Foot Ulcer Prevention – Harsh callouses and foot ulcers can occur in shoes that aren’t fitting properly. If one of these nasty little nuisances becomes infected the health ramifications can be very troubling. Wearing high quality diabetic shoes will prevent an ulcer from forming in the first place, and if one already exists they will prevent it from constantly rubbing and getting worse and more painful. Unknown Injuries – Because the feet of people with diabetes can become numb, they can often sustain a foot injury without even knowing it. Exercising your feet just in daily activities can cause complications of an unknown injury to become magnified, which can lead to highly problematic circumstances. The bottom line is that if you or someone you know is living with diabetes, make sure they have all the weapons in their fight against this ruthless disease. Encourage them to purchase a good pair of diabetic shoes. In a lot of cases, health insurance will even “foot” the bill. Call your local Delray podiatrist to see if they offer diabetic...

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New Promising Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care

New Promising Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot care is of extreme importance to those managing diabetes. Foot ulcers are a source of sometimes intolerable pain and long-standing medical problems for people living with the disease. If not properly treated, diabetic foot complications can lead to amputation and an obviously drastic change in associated lifestyle. There is, however, hope on the horizon for anyone dealing with such an issue in the form of an emerging alternative therapy. A recent study conducted by the “Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery” cited that Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy may have significant benefits in treating foot ulcers and ultimately reducing the number of associated amputations involved with them. The study simply involved 100 subjects, plenty sufficient, with diabetic foot ulcers and compared HBO therapy with the application of standard therapy. The results of the patients receiving standard therapy were that 48 percent of them needed distal amputation and 34 percent of them required proximal amputation. The patients receiving HBO therapy, however, only included 8 percent receiving distal amputation with ZERO patients requiring proximal amputation. ”The benefits of HBO therapy accrue over time, in part due to savings from averted major amputations. The cost of a series of HBO treatments is less than the cost of a major amputation if HBO is, in fact, limb-saving.” (Dr. Caroline Fife, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston) Dr. Fife goes on to note that the selection of patients for the time being at least, should be restricted to those that would not have properly healed with the treatment of traditional therapy alone. Nor should HBO be used for patients with severe vascular disease because they will not respond properly to the treatment. Although not perfect, HBO is a new therapy that shows some promise for those dealing with diabetic foot ulcers. If nothing else, the reduced number of amputations involved is a tremendous benefit that deems HBO suitable for further exploration from the everybody involved with the treatment of this common...

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