When it comes to diabetes management, things like getting plenty of exercise, monitoring the level of glucose in one’s bloodstream, and staying at a healthy weight usually get the most emphasis. However, it’s important to remember that diabetes can also cause ulcers and gangrene. Diabetics should put a lot of effort into preventing these conditions so that their limbs don’t eventually have to be amputated.

The World Health Organization states that over 340 million people worldwide have diabetes. For these people, amputation is a threat that can only be avoided by diligently taking care of their bodies. In cases where amputation is inevitable, doctors should focus on helping their patients adjust to life with prosthetic limbs.

Diabetics need to take special care of their lower limbs to avoid having to get them amputated. For help treating the effects of diabetes in your feet, speak to Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti will assess your current level of foot health and provide you with the care you need.

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.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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