Diabetes is a disease that can affect people of any age, weight, or lifestyle—fortunately for those who have the condition, there are ways to keep the negative effects of diabetes to a minimum. Chief among the ways to keep diabetes under control is quick diagnosis and intervention, two things that Dr. Stefanie Thomas of Premier Foot Clinic in Jackson, MS, can help you do. Read on to learn more!
What exactly is diabetes?
Diabetes is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2, which are slightly different but have many of the same signs. Type 1 is characterized by your body's inability to produce insulin, while Type 2 occurs when your body is unable to properly utilize insulin. If left untreated, diabetes can have severe effects on your body, potentially causing stroke, heart disease, kidney, nerve damage, and circulation problems, especially to your foot. This can increase your risk of injury or even lead to the need for amputation.
What are the signs I might have diabetes?
Depending on the type and severity, experiencing one or more of the following can indicate diabetes:
- Hunger despite eating as normal
- Thirstiness and dry mouth
- Numb or tingling hands, feet, or legs
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Lack of energy
- Slow to heal wounds
- Blurry vision
- Change in breath odor
- Skin infections
To confirm that you have diabetes, Dr. Stefanie Thomas will run a diagnostic test at her Jackson office. For a fasting plasma glucose test or oral glucose tolerance test, you will need to fast for eight hours. For the plasma glucose test, your doctor will test your levels on an empty stomach. For the glucose tolerance test, your glucose will be measured a couple hours after you consume a high glucose drink. A random plasma glucose test does not require you to abstain from eating, as your blood sugar will be measured on the spot.
Concerned? Give us a call
Diabetes will require you to make some lifestyle changes, but you can still lead a healthy and happy life. Consult your Jackson, MS, provider at 601-926-1500 to achieve your best health.
Neuropathy is a common problem frequently caused by nerve damage from diabetes and other causes. The condition commonly affects your feet, causing a wide range of nerve issues including numbness, tingling, stabbing pain, and weakness. Neuropathy can also be caused by trauma, infection, or genetics.
The podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic offer a wide range of services to help your feet, including neuropathy treatment. They have several office locations in Jackson, Clinton, and Cleveland, MS, to help you and your feet.
Diabetes is one of the many causes of neuropathy, but there are other diseases that can cause the condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, infections like hepatitis, tumors pressing on nerves, and bone marrow disorders can all bring about neuropathy symptoms.
So, how do you know if you have neuropathy? There are many identifiable signs and symptoms you need to pay attention to, including:
- Tingling and numbness
- Sharp stabbing pain
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness and falling
Treatment for neuropathy begins with treating the underlying condition, especially in cases where neuropathy is brought on by diabetes. Effective management of the underlying condition usually helps diminish symptoms.
Medications are often used to manage symptoms. Some common medications include:
- Over-the-counter pain medications including Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Anti-seizure medications including gabapentin and pregabalin
- Topical creams including capsaicin cream or lidocaine patches
- Tricyclic antidepressants which can help interfere with pain sensation
Your podiatrist might also recommend several therapies in addition to medication. These therapies may include:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; a TENS unit, which uses a gentle electrical current to help ease symptoms
- Physical therapy to increase muscle strength and improve movement and flexibility
- Regular exercise including walking to help with strength and mobility
- Devices to help with stability including braces, a cane, walker, or wheelchair
- Surgery if your neuropathy is caused by nerves being compressed by a tumor or other factors
- Plasma exchange and IV immune globulin treatment for neuropathy caused by autoimmune disorders
You don’t have to let neuropathy affect your enjoyment of life and activities. Your podiatrist can help you feel better. For more information about neuropathy treatment and other footcare services, call the podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic, with offices in Jackson, Clinton, and Cleveland, MS. Call now and feel better fast!
There's no such thing as a minor foot infection when you have diabetes. The hard-to-treat infections can threaten your foot, your, leg or even your life if they aren't treated promptly. Luckily, visits to your Jackson and Cleveland, MS, podiatrists, Drs. Stefanie Thomas, Ashley Blackwell, and Timothy Adams can help you protect your feet and health.
What are my chances of developing a foot ulcer?
Your lifetime risk of a foot ulcer may range from 15 percent to as high as 34 percent, according to a recent report published by the American Diabetes Association. You may be more likely to develop one of these open sores if your diabetes is poorly controlled, you're overweight, you regularly drink alcohol, or you consume tobacco products. Nerve damage caused by peripheral neuropathy may also increase your risk. If you can't feel your feet, you won't be able to tell if you have a cut or blister.
Why is foot care so important if I have diabetes?
Before you had diabetes, you probably didn't pay much attention to your feet. A burst blister or a cut on your foot may have been minor, slightly painful, inconveniences. Unfortunately, everything changes when you have diabetes. In addition to nerve problems, you may also experience blood circulation issues that can cause slow healing. Even tiny cuts can turn into infected ulcers that are very difficult to treat!
How can I avoid ulcers?
Conducting a brief daily foot exam is the easiest way to prevent ulcers. After you wash your feet, look for cuts, cracks in your skin, blisters, and sores. Even red marks deserve a little attention, as they may be a sign that your shoe is rubbing against your foot. If you don't swap your shoes for a more comfortable pair, you may soon develop a blister.
Make an appointment with one of our offices in either Jackson or Cleveland, MS, if you notice cuts or breaks in your skin, scratches, ingrown toenails, calluses, corns, blisters, or sores, for early treatment can help you avoid infection. Call immediately if you notice:
- Red, swollen skin
- Numbness or tingling
- Color or sensation changes (hot or cold)
- Red streaks on skin
Are you concerned about a diabetes-related foot issue? If so, schedule an appointment with your podiatrists, Drs. Stefanie Thomas, Ashley Blackwell, and Timothy Adams, by calling (601) 926-1500 for the Jackson/Clinton, MS, office or (662) 843-3668 for the Cleveland, MS, office.
A diabetes diagnosis comes with its fair share of important medical obligations such as checking blood sugar levels and, if necessary, administering insulin. However, an often-overlooked aspect of diabetes is diabetic foot care. Read below to learn what makes foot care so crucial to diabetics, and contact Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell, and Dr. Timothy Adams at Premier Foot Clinic with locations in Clinton & Jackson, MS, and Cleveland, MS, for more information.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition which impairs the body’s ability to produce insulin, a hormone necessary to regulating the glucose (blood sugar) levels in blood. Insulin helps the body allocate energy from consumed foods to the cells in your body, but people with diabetes create too little or no insulin, resulting in glucose remaining in the blood and not entering the cells to power the body. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes means your body does not produce insulin at all while Type 2 diabetes indicates that your body does not make enough insulin or does not use it correctly.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes decreases blood flow, especially in the extremities like the hands and feet. Less blood flow means less feeling, meaning that a simple cut or scratch left untreated can potentially advance into a more serious condition without a patient feeling discomfort or even noticing at all. To avoid complications such as infection, people with diabetes should take extra care to thoroughly examine their feet on a daily basis and partner with their podiatrist to ensure that their feet remain healthy for years to come.
Proper diabetic foot care routines
People with diabetes should take time to examine their feet every day, looking for anything out of the ordinary and taking note of any scratches, bruising, cuts, or scrapes. In addition to checking your feet, shake out your shoes to ensure they are free from debris which could cause injury. Always cut the toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. See your podiatrist for regular foot examinations and to ensure that your feet are healthy both inside and out.
For more information on diabetic foot care or why it is crucial to the health of a patient with diabetes, please contact Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell, and Dr. Timothy Adams at Premier Foot Clinic with locations in Clinton & Jackson, MS, and Cleveland, MS. Call (601) 926-1500 to schedule your appointment at our Clinton & Jackson office, or (662) 843-3668 to schedule your appointment at our Cleveland location!
Heel pain is a common complaint. If you are experiencing chronic or recurring heel pain, it may be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic serving Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS, Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell, or Dr. Timothy Adams, offer diagnostic and treatment options for chronic heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
There are a number of possible causes for chronic heel pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which develops when the long band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes becomes inflamed. Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it is usually caused by prolonged pressure or stress from physical activity like distance running, spending a lot of time on your feet, wearing shoes with insufficient arch support, or being overweight.
Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Tendon rupture
- Heel spurs
- Stress fractures
Depending on the cause and severity, heel pain can usually be relieved with conservative, non-surgical treatments like rest, physical therapy, orthotics, medication, and ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy).
Can Heel Pain Be Prevented?
Although pain and foot and ankle injuries are not 100% preventable, there are a few precautions that you can take to support your feet and ankles, especially during strenuous physical activity and exercise that can cause wear and tear over time.
- Be sure to stretch and warm up properly before and after physical activity
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes for walking and working out, or if you spend long periods of time on your feet
- Speak to a podiatrist about orthotics or supportive insoles if you have flat feet or low arches
- Maintain a healthy weight to avoid excess pressure on your feet and joints
Find a Podiatrist
For more information about diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain and other podiatry problems, contact Premier Foot Clinic today serving Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today.
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