In the first segment , we covered what things could be causing our feet to hurt. In the last segment we covered symptoms and how to report them to our doctor. In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
Did you know our feet talk? It’s true; our feet can tell us about our overall health. Take a minute to review what our feet tell us, here . This slideshow covers many of the topics we reviewed in the first segment and gives us a clear picture of how our feet talk to us in more ways than one.
The Next Step
What a metaphor—one-step at a time. If our foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear created by their performance under pressure, it’s time to consider a treatment plan. Plans vary with what is causing our foot pain, it is not a one-shoe-fits-all approach. Foot pain can have a variety of causes , symptoms , and individualized treatments.
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A recent diabetes report, Achievement of Goals in U.S. Diabetes Care 1999–2010 , examined how people with diabetes said they are doing. The participants had been enrolled in two big U.S. surveys, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System , and who had self-reported that they had diabetes. (Unfortunately, whether the participants had type 1 or type 2 diabetes was not ascertained).
The researchers looked at a huge amount of data relating to diabetes, such as daily glucose monitoring, A1C levels, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, tobacco use, coronary artery disease, eye, dental, and foot exams, flu shots, and pneumococcal vaccinations, and compared the results to various guidelines for diabetes care goals established by the ADA or the National Quality Forum .
The goals the authors used were variable, depending on what the researchers were examining. Exact target numbers for some of the tests wer...
Treatment The immediate goals are to treat diabetic ketoacidosis and high blood glucose levels. Because type 1 diabetes can start suddenly and have severe symptoms, people who are newly diagnosed may need to go to the hospital. The long-term goals of treatment are to: Prolong life Reduce symptoms Prevent diabetes-related complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputation of limbs These goals are accomplished through: Blood pressure and cholesterol control Careful self testing of blood glucose levels Education Exercise Foot care Meal planning and weight control Medication or insulin use There is no cure for diabetes. Treatment involves medicines, diet, and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms. LEARN THESE SKILLS Basic diabetes management skills will help prevent the need for emergency care. These skills include: How to recognize and treat low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia ) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) What to eat and when How to take insulin or oral medicat...
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