Most of us know that foot health is very important in diabetes care! David Mendosa has written about the seriousness of foot ulcers and Joan has written about caring for your tender tootsies . Last week, Diabetesmine addressed the issue of myth vs reality .
I spent some time talking with a friend, who is also a podiatrist; about what she thought was the right answer for caring for diabetic feet. According to APMA , American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetes and proper foot care amount to huge pay off:
More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications due to diabetes.
After an amputation, the chance for another amputation within three to five years is as high as 50 percent.
Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent.
Care by today’s podiatrist can lower the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent for those with diabetes.
When you consider how many of us have problems with our feet, you might expect to find lots of resources full of good advice. Then, when you reflect that peripheral neuropathy is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, you could hope to find a book that could help you to keep the legs you stand on.
Until now I have looked in vain for such a book. But I just read it.
Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy . This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.
The publisher is Nightengale Press . and the book lists for $22.95. However, Amazon offers it for about $16 or $17. It came out March 1, and the ISBN-13 is 978-1933449715.
As the chief of podiatry services and director of podiatric medical education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Hinkes has seen far too ...
Pain - foot
Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Do this just after an activity that aggravates your pain.
Elevate your painful foot as much as possible.
Reduce activity until the problem improves.
Wear foot pads in areas of friction or pressure. This will prevent rubbing and irritation.
Take over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try this for 2 to 3 weeks (unless you have a history of an ulcer, liver disease, or other condition that does not allow you to take one of these drugs).
For plantar warts, try an over-the-counter wart removal preparation.
For calluses, soak in warm water and then rub them down with a pumice stone. Do NOT cut or burn corns or calluses.
For foot pain caused by a stress fracture, an extended rest period is often necessary. Crutches may be used for a week or so to take the pressure off, if your foot is particularly painful.
For foot pain due to plant...
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