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Are you worried about your foot care? Diabetes can be dangerous for your feet if you don't take proper care of them and control your diabetes. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Clinton and Jackson, MS, podiatrists are here to help.
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage. A cut or injury may:
- Reduce blood flow to the feet
- Make it harder to heal an injury or resist infection
- Increase the risk of an infection
To avoid serious foot problems try the following at home steps: Examine your feet every day to make sure there are no cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Also, wash your feet in warm water on a daily basis. People sometimes skip moisturizing their feet, but moisturizing can help prevent dry skin from itching or cracking.
Here are a few more tips to help you take better care of your feet:
- Cut nails straight across and file edges or visit your podiatrist if you are unable to cut them yourself
- Visit your podiatrist to treat corns or calluses
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation, and control your blood sugar levels
- Change socks every day, make sure you're feet are dry and wear socks during frigid nights
- Get periodic foot exams, and regularly visit your foot and ankle surgeon
If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Clinton and Jackson, MS, doctors Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell and Dr. Timothy Adams. They have the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues. Don't hesitate to call today!
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that approximately 20 million Americans suffer from some degree of peripheral neuropathy--that is, irreversible damage to the nerves supplying sensation and function to the hands and feet. Diabetics are particularly prone to neuropathy in the feet. That's why Dr. Stefanie Thomas and Dr. Ashley Blackwell of Premier Foot Clinic in Clinton and Jackson, MS, take a particular interest in neuorpathy and its impact on their patients' well-being. Do you suffer from neuropathy?
What is neuropathy?
It's a chronic and progressive condition of the nervous system, affecting the small nerves of the hands and feet. Characterized by a pins and needles sensation, numbness, burning pain and loss of functional ability (walking comfortably, keeping balance and more), neuropathy in Clinton and Jackson happens to people with autoimmune disorders, stroke and most notably, to people with poorly controlled diabetes.
Neuropathy complicates the diabetic's ability to keep his or her feet healthy. Other common problems associated with high glucose levels in the blood are decreased peripheral circulation, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and increased chance of skin infection. Diabetics who cannot perceive what's happening to their feet often miss injuries, blisters and sores that other individuals feel right away. So infection may develop, creating wounds on the feet that are deep and difficult to treat and in the worst of cases, lead to wound debridement or even amputation.
What can be done?
Unfortunately, once a nerve is damaged, it's damaged. However, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Blackwell offer treatments for neuropathy that can slow its progress and relieve the many uncomfortable symptoms.
Some medications work on the painful burning and tingling. Topical capsaicin is one, and over the counter ibuprofen is another. Doctors may advise prescription antidepressants and anticonvulsant medications such as gabapentin.
However, podiatrists take a simpler approach to controlling peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Blackwell and Dr. Thomas offer TENS treatments. Also called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, this simple therapy involves attaching electrodes near the source of symptoms. A mild electrical current stimulates the nerves, helping them function more normally.
Additionally, the podiatrist offers customized shoe inserts and specialized diabetic shoes constructed to take pressure off areas of the feet that are prone to pain. Relieving pressure points allows proper nerve conduction and blood flow so the feet are properly stimulated and supplied with oxygen and nutrients.
Finally, Dr. Blackwell and Dr. Thomas ask to see their diabetic patients on a regular basis. Partnering with them in routine visual inspections of their feet and helping them track their neuropathy symptoms leads to better function and overall well-being.
You can have a good life even if you have peripheral neuropathy. The capable staff at Premier Foot Clinic in Clinton and Jackson, MS can help. For an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please call (601) 926-1500.
Think all shoes are pretty much the same? Diabetic shoes offer increased comfort and reduce the risk your risk of foot infections. Dr. Stefanie Thomas and Dr. Ashley Blackwell in Clinton and Jackson, MS, share some information about the shoes.
Why are diabetic shoes important?
Blisters, a minor problem for most people, are much more serious for people who have diabetes. Because diabetes can cause numbness in the feet, you may never feel a blister and fail to notice that it has burst and become infected. Unfortunately, once an infection occurs, it can be very difficult to treat.
Blisters and red spots develop if the shoes you wear are too tight or rub against your feet when you walk. If you have diabetes, it can be difficult to find shoes in Clinton and Jackson that are not only stylish but also good for your feet. The designers of diabetic shoes understand the challenges that people with diabetes face and design their shoes to address the most common issues.
The shoes offer toe boxes that give you plenty of wiggle room. Thanks to that extra room, you won't have to worry about the blisters that can form when shoes press against your feet. A generous-size toe box also ensures that your toes won't overlap or rub together when you walk. If you have a hammertoe or bunions, in addition to diabetes, you'll enjoy the extra room.
Diabetic shoes are designed to reduce irritation. You won't find uncomfortable seams or rough materials when you slip your feet into your new shoes. The shoes are made of soft materials and feature extra cushioning for your comfort.
If you frequently develop red spots or blisters, you may be interested in diabetic shoes that come with orthotics. The shoe inserts redistribute pressure on your foot to prevent irritation.
People often assume that diabetic shoes must be unattractive. Luckily, manufacturers make them in a variety of casual and dress styles to ensure that you'll never feel self-conscious due to your shoes.
Are you interested in learning more about diabetic shoes? Call Dr. Thomas and Dr. Blackwell in Clinton and Jackson, MS, at (601) 926-1500 to schedule an appointment.