Posts for tag: Diabetic Neuropathy
BioDesign researchers at the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center have designed socks that will help forewarn diabetic patients of foot ulcers and other injuries. Called SenseGo, these socks have the ability to sense pressure and incorrect posture, which can help prevent or alert the patient to a potential injury. The socks can work for footwear as well, emitting electrical signals that “sense” any changes. The socks are designed specifically for diabetic patients who have diabetic neuropathy, the loss of sensation as a result of nerve damage to the feet.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
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 blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
New Zealand’s University of Otago’s Prof. Lisa Stamp conducted research that focused on gout patients and their Vitamin C intake. The study found that Vitamin C did not lower urate levels to a ‘clinically satisfactory degree’. The test was conducted for eight weeks.
“Though Vitamin C may reduce risk of developing gout, our data does not support using Vitamin C as a therapy to lower uric acid levels in patients with established gout,” Prof. Stamp said. While Vitamin C can still lower the risk of developing gout, it is not a method for treating or curing the disease.
Gout is a painful condition that necessitates proper care. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
Systemic Diseases of the Foot
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
- Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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