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Find out why it’s important to give your feet the care they need, particularly if you have diabetes.
When you find out you have diabetes you probably feel a little bogged down with all the information and new changes you have to make. Our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, podiatrists understand that with any diagnosis it will take time to learn the ropes to managing your symptoms. We care about the health of your feet and we think you should too!
Why do we think foot health is important, especially for those with diabetes? Because diabetes can increase your chances of nerve damage and infection. By following these simple measures day in and day out you can keep your feet safe:
Inspect Your Feet
This is something you should be doing every day. Use a hand mirror if you need to and go over every inch of your feet. Check for redness, swelling, sores, open wounds, cuts, blisters or other problems. If you notice any changes or issues then it’s time to give our Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, foot doctors a call.
Wear Proper Footwear
The shoes you wear are so important for keeping feet healthy. Look for shoes that offer support, cushioning and stability. When you try on shoes make sure your toes aren’t bunched up (they should be able to wiggle and move around freely), that there are no irritating seams and that the shoes have no heels. Make sure these are shoes that you could comfortably wear for hours a day, as you should never go barefoot even if you are indoors.
Avoid Hot Water
Whether you just want to take a soak in the hot tub or you want to run a relaxing bath it might actually be a better idea to skip these things altogether. Diabetic feet can often suffer nerve damage, which can make it difficult to determine just how hot water is. This can lead to blisters or burns that can quickly turn into an infection. If you must take a bath always check the water with your elbow before entering.
While it isn’t necessary, some people find that prescription orthotics can provide the comfort they need while wearing shoes all day. While you may just choose to get over-the-counter orthotics, it’s important to know that these commercial orthotics aren’t designed to provide the proper support for your unique needs or individualized foot structure, so it might be a good idea to talk to us first about whether prescription orthotics are a safer bet.
Don’t let a diabetes diagnosis stress you out. Know that you can always turn to Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, to get immediate and knowledgeable care any time you need it.
Your Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake podiatrists can help you care for your feet when you have diabetes.
Minor foot injuries can quickly turn into major health problems when you have diabetes. Podiatrists Dr. Gary Ochwat, Dr. Craig Halihan, Dr. Ronald Clemente and Dr. Michael Williams provide diabetic wound care in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake, IL and explain why checking your feet regularly is so important.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
High blood sugar levels damage your nerves. The probably is more likely to occur if your diabetes is uncontrolled or poorly controlled and can happen whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. When the nerves in your feet are damaged, you're less likely to feel pain if you have a sore or injury. In fact, you may not even know there's a problem if you don't check your feet.
High blood sugar levels also slow healing and make it harder for your body to combat infections. If infections are out of control, sometimes the only solution is to amputate your foot. Regular foot checks help you ensure that you spot potential problems when they're still small enough to respond to treatment.
How often should I check my feet?
Daily foot checks are recommended. You never know when a new pair of shoes will cause a blister or when you'll step on a rock during a quick dash to the mailbox. It doesn't matter if you check your feet in the morning or evening, as long as you make daily checks a priority.
What should I look for?
Any changes to the skin of your feet can increase your risk of developing problems. For example, after walking around in your new shoes all day, you might not have a blister, but you may notice a red spot at the back of your heel. If you don't switch your shoes, that spot could turn into an open sore, blister or callus. Blisters are another sign that it's time to try another pair of shoes.
Other potential signs of trouble include open sores; ingrown toenails; tingling, numbness or burning sensations; or color changes. Poor circulation can make your foot look pale or blue, while black areas can develop if the tissue has died. If you notice any of these signs, call your podiatrist as soon as possible.
Regular foot checks can help you avoid diabetes complications. If you do develop a problem and need diabetic wound care, call your Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Crystal Lake, IL, podiatrists--Dr. Ochwat, Dr. Halihan, Dr. Clemente and Dr. Williams--to schedule an appointment.
A recent report from the UK government states that 4707 Scottish men and women have had to have a hand, foot, or larger portions of limbs amputated in the past four years. That comes out to about 100 amputations every month, a statistic that has caused a lot of concern among Scottish public health officials.
Apparently many of these procedures are necessitated by diabetes or peripheral vascular disorder, which are both diseases that can be traced back to the country’s growing rate of obese citizens. The high amount of amputations costs the Scottish NHS roughly $128 million per year in medical and disability expenses.
The extra weight obese men and women carry can place a lot of unhealthy stress on their feet. For assistance with any foot and ankle complications you may have developed due to being overweight, visit podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat can get you comprehensive treatment for your injury and teach you how to take better care of your lower extremities.
Obesity and your Feet
Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.
Problems & Complications
Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.
Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.
Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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