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November is diabetes awareness month and Peripheral Neuropathy is a common complaint in patients that suffer from Diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that can exhibit symptoms such as burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet. The cause is due to a increased blood sugar over a period of time. The best way to manage peripheral neuropathy is good glucose management. HgA1C is a test that measures a three month average blood sugar. The goal would be to keep that number between 4 and 6.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause diabetics to lose the feeling in the feet and this can lead to stepping on a foreign object and not knowing it. This can eventually develop into an infection if not diagnosed. Common complications that Diabetics can have are ulcerations, infection of skin and bone, and amputations.
Some tips for proper foot health include not going barefoot, wearing cotton white socks, not performing home surgery on the feet, checking feet daily using a mirror, checking shoes for objects, and not soaking feet in warm or hot water.
For more information on Diabetes please refer to our website at: carolinafootspecialists.net
November is Diabetes Awareness month.
Please join us Wednesday at East Cooper Medical Center First Floor Classroom, November 10, from 11 a.m-1 p.m., Dr. Andrew Saffer (Carolina Foot Specialists) will provide a FREE foot screening for people with diabetes & those with hammertoes, bunions or other foot issues. November is Foot Health Issues Related to Diabetes Awareness Month-get your feet checked for free!
We like to stress the importance of prevention in our practice especially in our Diabetic population. Unfortunately, many people with diabetes are unaware of the importance of routine foot care. Physicians and educators are constantly reminding the public of the importance of measuring insulin levels and making sure to follow a diet and exercise plan. What about checking your feet for ulcers, callous and sores? This is a critically important preventive measure as it can potentially save your limb.
Diabetes foot issues like ulcers are important to monitor
Recent statistics show that more than half of the 20 million Americans with diabetes have no idea what a foot ulcer is, yet more than three million (15%) of them will develop a foot ulcer, and 25% of those will require a lower limb amputation as result of their ulcer not healing and becoming infected.
For more information about Diabetes and other foot disorders please visit our website at carolinafootspecialists.net