Diabetic Foot CareA Michigan man named Greg Williams was surprised to learn that in spite of his dedication to fitness, he had gotten Type 2 diabetes. Instead of following up with treatment, Williams tried to ignore it, although it became harder as his symptoms got worse. He suffered horrible pain and decreases in mental capacities, but even after having double cataract surgery he was still unable to change his eating habits sufficiently.

Eventually, he grew an ulcer on his foot that was so large that doctors had to remove his leg, and the other soon had to be amputated too. Williams’ health has improved dramatically since then, and he has learned a lot about how to care for his body.

The feet are one of the parts of the body most often affected by diabetes. If as a diabetic you experience any sores or pains have your feet examined yearly by a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti at James C. Ricketti, DPM. Attention from a board-certified doctor is highly recommended for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

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 Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

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