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.
Alternative Names Tinea pedis; Fungal infection - feet; Tinea of the foot; Infection - fungal - feet; Ringworm - foot Treatment Over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams can help control the infection. These generally contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate. Continue using the medicine for 1 - 2 weeks after the infection has cleared from your feet to prevent the infection from returning. In addition: Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between your toes. Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and water and dry the area very carefully and completely. Try to do this at least twice a day. Wear clean, cotton socks and change your socks and shoes as often as necessary to keep your feet dry. Athlete's foot almost always responds well to self-care, although it may come back. To prevent future infections, follow the steps listed in Prevention. Severe, ongoing infections that don't respond to 2- 4 weeks of self-care, and frequently recurring athlete's foot, may require further treatment b...
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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