One of the most important things a person can do is take care of their feet if they have diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where your body does not properly use much needed sugar or glucose and can lead to many very serious complications including amputation.
Risk factors for diabetes include:
- Genes – Your family history will alter your risk of developing diabetic symptoms
- Race – Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans are more disposed to diabetes
- Obesity – Being overweight increases the chances of many blood-related issues
- Inactivity – Not enough exercise contributes to poor circulation
- High blood pressure – blocks blood vessels. Above 140/90 is the cutoff
- Age – As we get older our chances of being at risk increase
- High cholesterol – Restricts blood vessels
Symptoms of Diabetes include:
- Unusual thirst – Constant need for water or liquid will be prominent
- Unusual hunger – Having an appetite and rarely being satisfied
- Frequent urination – Repeated use of the bathroom more than usual
- Rapid weight loss – Difficult time keeping a healthy weight range
- Tiredness – Loss of energy doing daily activities
- Moodiness – Irritability and mood swings could occur
- Blurred vision – Unable to focus and concentrate
- Sores - Take a longer time to heal
If you have any of the above symptoms it is very important to see both your Primary Care Physician and your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will evaluate your condition as it relates to your feet. It is very important as not taking care of your diabetes related to your feet can lead to amputation of a limb. This is often the case for people who stub their toe or injure themselves. Diabetes damages the ability of the body to detect pain and therefore can lead to serious infection.
Additional medical issues which can develop with diabetes include:
- Heart disease – Increased chances for heart attack, angina, stroke
- Kidney disease – Inability of the kidney to filter blood
- Nerve damage – Called neuropathy. Development of tingling sensation
- Skin damage – Rashes can occur leading to infection
- Foot damage – Undetected infections can occur
- Eye damage – Loss of sight, cataracts, glaucoma
- Depression – Moodiness
Ways to avoid diabetes include eating healthy by including more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats or protein, losing weight and being more physically active.
If you believe you have any of the above symptoms of diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, it is very important to make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com.