Since Joseph had a family history of diabetes, he knew the importance of checking his feet regularly for diabetic foot ulcers. But despite giving careful attention to his health, he still needed to have one of his toes amputated.
Limb salvage expert Dr. Jeffrey Niezgoda of the Center for Comprehensive Wound Care in Wisconsin was able to save the rest of his foot by using a new treatment called Graftjacket . This treatment helps our body to repair the wound quickly by providing immediate coverage to the wound and a way to rebuild the area of missing tissue. The graft incorporates itself into the wound until it gradually converts into the patient's own tissue.
If we have poor circulation and decreased sensation to pain, we sometimes overlook small cuts, blisters, or ingrown toenails. But when they become infected, they can turn into an open wound that's called a diabetic foot ulcer.
One in four people with diabetes who get a foot ulcer will require a lower limb amputati...
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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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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