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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.
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!
5 Tips for Detecting Foot Wounds When You Have Diabetes
Keeping an eye out for foot wounds or sores could save many people with diabetes from the risk of amputation. Even minor foot lacerations have the potential to be disastrous if not treated quickly and properly.
These diabetic foot ulcers can result from a number of factors, including poor circulation, pressure, trauma, as well as simple friction-induced irritation.
Unfortunately, many patients with diabetes develop neuropathy, the loss of feeling in the feet due to nerve damage, which allows these ulcers to go unnoticed.
As a result, Dr. Stefanie Thomas of the Premier Foot Clinic has seen many diabetic wounds Clinton, MS residents have allowed to go untreated, as well as the ensuing consequences.
Here are a few tips to help catch diabetic ulcers before it’s too late:
1. Check socks for fluid:
It’s common for people to accumulate sweat in their socks over the span of an entire day, but a diabetic foot wound will typically release a fair amount of yellowish fluid. Those with diabetes should examine their socks at the end of everyday for any signs of drainage.
2. Redness or Swelling:
Because diabetes hinders the kidney’s ability to filter liquids in the body, patients often retain water in their lower extremities, causing major swelling. This can sometimes make this indicator difficult to notice. However, if there has been a recent spike in redness or swelling, you should check for any foot wounds.
3. Unusual odor:
Because the liquid being retained has not yet been filtered properly, traces of toxins remain that let off an odor. The smell of it can be a distinct sign that their is a perforation in the skin.
4. Fever or chills:
While coming down with a fever typically means allergies or a flu for most people, it can be a far more dangerous occurrence for diabetes patients; the disease seriously compromises the immune system.
A few sneezes or coughs should not be shrugged-off, but taken as a serious sign of diabetic wounds Clinton patients should keep an eye out for.
5. Check feet regularly:
The best way to avoid any of these issues, is to perform foot-checks daily. In some cases you may be able to see signs of an impending foot laceration, and prevent it from fully forming.
For more of the information on diabetic wounds Clinton, MS residents can trust, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Stefanie Thomas at the Premier Foot Clinic at (601) 926-1500.