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Simple Steps That Help Diabetics Keep Their Feet Healthy

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Simple Steps That Help Diabetics Keep Their Feet Healthy

A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. When people with diabetes take proactive steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation. People ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes account for about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report. “The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996,” says Dr. Eric Steen, DPM, a podiatrist at Pro Active Podiatry and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can...

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Diabetic Foot Care Tips

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Diabetic Foot Care Tips

Diabetes can cause problems with your feet. Foot disorders are some of the most prevalent and neglected health issues in the United States. Diabetes often reduces blood flow to your feet and this can lead to oxygen deprivation. The results are diabetic nerve damage that causes numbness as well as sores and infections. Several diabetic foot care tips are below. Daily Inspection: Diabetes may cause numbness in your feet making it hard to detect an infection. You should check your feet closely every day. Look for changes in cracked skin, color or sores. Put a mirror on the floor to see the bottom of each foot clearly. Drying Feet: Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing. The space between the toes is vulnerable to infection if it remains moist. When you use lotion avoid putting it between...

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Diabetic Shoes for Fashion-Forward Folks: Ugly, Expensive Footwear Be Gone!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Diabetic Shoes for Fashion-Forward Folks: Ugly, Expensive Footwear Be Gone!

Did you know that diabetic shoes don’t have to be ugly and expensive? There are actually a surprising number of attractive, diabetic shoes to choose from nowadays and the majority of them are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance. There’s just one twist to contend with. Many insurance companies won’t cover the cost of diabetic shoes unless they were ordered by a licensed podiatrist and purchased through a durable medical equipment company. In some cases, the footwear must meet certain guidelines and be professionally fitted too. So, which diabetic shoes do podiatrists order for their patients? It largely depends on the condition of the patient’s feet and how they live their lives. However, the majority of diabetic footwear has what’s known as extra depth. The extra depth is there to cushion the feet, thereby preventing pressure ulcers. Most...

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Foot Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Diabetic Foot Care, General Foot Care | Comments Off on Foot Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

When many people think of foot ulcers, thoughts of uncontrolled diabetes often come to mind. Although there is a strong connection between diabetes and foot ulcer formation, it is not the only health condition associated with such problems. That’s partially because there are more than one type of foot ulcer. The ones that typically befall diabetic foot care patients are known as neurotrophic ulcers. They are called that because they often form due to nerve damage. The nerve damage causes the feet to become desensitized, which in turn allow everyday lacerations and puncture wounds to enlarge and become grossly infected. For diabetics, their nerve damage is caused by chronic, elevated blood sugar levels. However, there are additional medical conditions that are affiliated with nerve damage. They include, but are not confined to traumatic spinal injuries, syphilitic myelopathy, transverse myelitis...

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Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

The human foot really gets quite a bad rap to be honest. Not only do they take a punishment on a day-to-day basis just by bearing literally all of our weight while we run around from place to place, but they’re also sort of dismissed as being just plain ugly in most cases. With this in mind, it can be hard to remember how important to us they really are. People living with diabetes need to be especially cognizant of how to properly take care of their feet. This is done in an effort to avoid foot ulcers and the more debilitating effects of neuropathy, a serious diabetic health complication. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase specially made diabetic shoes. The following is a brief synopsis of the important benefits of diabetic shoes: Best...

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Why Choose Custom Foot Orthotics

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Diabetic Foot Care, Foot Orthotics | Comments Off on Why Choose Custom Foot Orthotics

Have you been contemplating the purchase of over-the-counter shoe inserts? If so, stop a moment and compare your feet with that of a loved one. There is a 99.9% likelihood that beyond having 10 digits, your feet will vary greatly from one another. That is not only perfectly normal; it’s the chief reason why you shouldn’t act on your original intentions. Instead, you should contact our Vernal podiatry office and choose custom foot orthotics. Here’s a quick peek at the top advantage you’ll gain by doing so: As we progress through life, our age and health have a significant impact on our feet. For example, it is not uncommon for the padding on our feet to thin or harden into calluses. We may also develop plantar fasciitis or lose range of motion in our joints. Sometimes, those changes may...

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