Diabetic Foot Care
By Drew Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes is a common metabolic disease for diabetic foot care that affects a person’s blood glucose (sugar) levels. There are several types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most is the most common. If diabetes is left uncontrolled, several diseases can develop. These diseases range from heart and blood vessel disease to nerve disease (neuropathy), and even blindness. Furthermore, development of these diseases can create further serious complications. Most noteworthy are ulcer formation, infection, and even amputation. Also, the vast complexity of diabetes brings up the importance of having a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of diabetes. The goal of prevention for more serious complications from developing. Therefore, it is so important to keep your diabetes under control.
Diabetes Foot Care
Peripheral neuropathy is a common disease that arises from uncontrolled diabetes. It occurs as a result of extended periods of elevated blood sugar to the nerves. This results in damage to the nerves causing symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain of the nerves affected. Diabetic neuropathy most commonly affects the nerves to the legs and feet. Therefore, this leaves a person’s feet vulnerable to injury. A person with a loss of sensation to their feet can overlook injury to their feet. This is why it is necessary to have a regular assessment on the skin and and vascularity of the feet. All of the JOI rehab locations offer care for the diabetic foot.
Here are several tips to avoid complications of uncontrolled diabetes:
- Check blood sugar daily and take medication as prescribed by physician.
- Control blood sugar with proper nutrition and low impact exercise.
- Check your feet regularly for blisters, calluses, cuts, or color changes.
- Wear protective closed-toe shoes.
- Monitor the temperature of bath water to avoid burning feet.
- Keep skin on feet clean and supple.
- Manicure toe nails regularly.
Whether you are suffering from back issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 12 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab. In other words, you would be in good hands at JOI for all of your care.
If your injury does require physical therapy or surgery, our JOI team has the expertise and technological advances to get you back to your ideal level of function. So, to schedule an appointment with a JOI Doctor, please call (904)JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below.
Finally, to schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or visit the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.