A recent study has shown that MRI’s may prove an invaluable tool for diagnosing bone lesions in the foot caused by diabetes. The study examined the MRI’s of 85 diabetic patients to assess the prevalence of bone marrow changes. The MRI’s were able to identify a number of traumatic changes in the feet, including dislocation, osteochondritis, and osteomyelitis. The researchers concluded that “The use of intravenous contrast with MRI may help in the diagnosis” of these various diabetic foot ailments.
Foot complications are extremely common among diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, it is important that you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall will examine your feet for injuries and recommend effective treatments for preserving the health of your feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each 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 the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
It is always best to let your healthcare professional know of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, no matter how big or small the issue may be. For diabetic patients, it is better not to wait to seek help, because the longer you wait, the worse your symptoms may become. The risk of amputation and sepsis heightens if you do not seek medical treatment right away. Early treatment and daily inspection of feet for diabetics are keys to maintaining health.
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