Posts for: December, 2012
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
At Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois, we recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting; don't sit cross-legged; and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact Montvale Dr Springfield, IL if you notice anything unusual- even the slightest change.
- Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit Montvale Dr Springfield, IL for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our Springfield office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury- no matter how small- come in for an exam right away.
Athletes who are injured and want to get back into the game now have an opportunity to do so by contacting the Illinois Laser Center. The Illinois Laser Center is the first and only medical clinic in central Illinois to offer MLS Laser therapy that is being used by several teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and Division I colleges. It is proven to be effective on a wide range of physical ailments including tendon and ligament injuries, soft tissue repairs, muscle strains and tears, sore muscles and joints, back pain, neurological pain, chronic wounds, general pain, musculoskeletal disorders, pre-and post- surgical treatment, and anti-inflammation applications.
This treatment offers an alternative to injections, pain medications, and invasive treatments. Treatments are quick, pain-free, and affordable. According to Dr. Sigle, DPM, and Dr. Kennedy, DC, this new technology gives us an opportunity to restore, rejuvenate, and heal.
Dr. Sigle Interviewed on News Channel ABC20, In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month.
“I am excited to represent the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association to provide the public and local media with some insight and advice about diabetic peripheral neuropathy, risks and complications, screening methods, and treatment options,” said Dr. Sigle.