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Studies have revealed that men with diabetes are less likely to exercise precaution and more likely to ignore the advice of their podiatrists. This June, at Joseph Stuto, DPM as we celebrate Men’s Health Month, we urge you to focus on your health, especially your feet!
With diabetes, the worst threat is that of an injury or a callus becoming infected due to poor healing capability. If the infection is not caught in time, it could lead to amputation in severe cases.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind to protect your feet:
- Avoid walking barefoot, especially in moist and damp places. Wearing shoes will prevent exposure to fungal infections that may affect your toenails and skin as well. Chances of cuts or injuries are also reduced with adequate footwear.
- Examining your feet is very important. Look out for any cuts or wounds that you may not be aware of due to poor blood circulation or loss of sensation in the feet and ankles.
- Keep a lookout for ingrown toenails, which can be extremely painful and can become infected with pus if not treated timely. Keep your nails short, and if you develop ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist immediately.
- Watch out for skin infections as well, especially between the toes. Diabetes can make your skin dry and flaky, which, if it deteriorates, can turn into infectious cuts and cause bleeding.
- Hygiene is important – feet should always be clean and dry. In case of dry skin type, using a good moisturizer is advised. Avoid restrictive shoes and socks that may cause excessive sweating.
If you notice any unusual conditions on your feet like swelling, redness or blisters, or suffer any injuries like cuts, sprains or fractures, visit Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.
Numbness in your feet can be very painful and expose you to great risks in terms of tripping, falling and injuring yourself; not to mention weakening of your foot and ankle muscles.
This lack of sensation can be caused by a number of reasons; here are a few:
- Diabetes causes nerve damage that affects the feet and hands first and foremost. This condition is known as “Neuropathy” and is characterized by numbness, burning, and poor blood circulation in the feet.
- Another painful condition called “Neuroma” also causes numbness and burning, usually between the toes or the ball of the feet. This is due to the growth of nerve tissue that tends to pinch the nerves, resulting in loss of sensation.
- Back injuries such as disc slips or protrusion also affect your feet. The nerves leading to your feet may become compressed or even damaged in severe cases.
- Trauma to the feet and ankles encountered due to accidents or falls is also a major reason for numbness in the feet.
- Sports injuries are also known to cause loss of feeling and burning sensation in the feet.
- Wearing uncomfortable shoes that compress your feet or do not have adequate foot space can result in pain, swelling, and numbness as well. As blood circulation becomes restricted, your feet are likely to suffer.
- If you have flat feet and you do not provide them with the necessary support that is required, the excess pressure and weight will affect the nerves of your feet leading to pain and numbness.
In case of any tingling feeling or suspected nerve damage, we urge you to visit your podiatrists without any further delay. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of experts specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle related conditions.
Ulcers are painful cracks in your feet that expose the inner layers of your skin and make them prone to infections. Once infected, the condition becomes extremely unbearable and requires immediate medical treatment.
Here are some important treatments that can prevent foot ulcers:
- Wearing soft cushioned shoes can ease the pressure on your feet and stop the ulcers from becoming worse. Special and customized shoes are available for such conditions. Ask your podiatrist for guidance related to the right kind of footwear.
- Anti-fungal creams and ointments are effective ways to improve the healing process. Application of adequate bandaging prevents ulcers from further infections.
- Properly cleaning and draining the fluids from the ulcers helps in healing and reduces the chances of aggravating their condition. Open ulcers are likely to get worse very quickly if not cleaned regularly.
- Physical therapy has shown positive results as it improves the blood flow and speeds up the healing process for ulcers.
- Being overweight increases the stress on your feet and consequently enhances the risk of ulceration.
Don’t wait for your foot ulcers to become worse. If you notice that the cracks in the skin of your feet are not healing, get professional assistance right away! Delaying treatment harms not only your feet but adversely affects your overall body. You remain in pain and your mobility is also likely to be negatively impacted.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto is an expert for treating foot ulcers and other foot-related conditions. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we understand the need for specialized care and individual attention and therefore we respond accordingly. You can visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York, or call us at (718) 567-1403 / (718) 624-7537 at your convenience for any foot health-related concerns that you might have.
If you ask anyone who has diabetes, they will tell you how this disease puts you at risk of experiencing foot problems, including the risk of amputation if one doesn’t follow proper foot care guidelines. Poor circulation and nerve damage in the foot can cause the slightest of cuts to be a source of severe infection.
You may risk amputation if any of these factors hold true.
- Nerve damage – The damage to the nerves from peripheral artery disease makes it very difficult to detect an injury. If the infection doesn’t catch the eye, it can spread onto the bone.
- Poor blood circulation – A lack of blood supply to our feet enhances the risk of injury and reduces the body’s wound healing power. This can lead to fractures and may lead to amputation.
- Foot deformities – The foot deforms from its natural shape due to poor circulation and damage to the nerves without the patient even being aware. Loss of feeling in the toe can lead to foot deformities. A severe case may lead to amputation.
If you or your loved one experience any nerve damage or poor circulation from diabetes, you may want to consult a foot and ankle specialist for diagnosis and treatment. It is really important to try and sort out the problem early before it gets any worse.
Here at Joseph Stuto, DPM we have years of experience in treating a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, bunions, corns, fungal infections, hammertoes, warts, foot deformities, and diabetic foot care. Dr. Stuto and his trained staff look forward to helping you diagnose the issue and provide a treatment plan. For more information, you can visit our website or schedule an appointment at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn: (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn), or (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights).
Diabetes is a very serious and growing public health concern. It affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively. It affects tens of millions of people in the U.S alone. Many people do not realize the severity of this disease and how serious its complications can be. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S as per the National Diabetes Statistics Report (2017).
If you have diabetes, your foot care becomes even more important. Diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, making it difficult to resist infections or heal an injury. Proper foot care and timely treatment can help avoid major complications such as amputation.
To avoid any major diabetic foot problems, follow these five preventive measures:
- Self-exam- Take a good look at your feet every day for anything unusual such as blisters, cuts, swelling or infections. You can use a magnifying mirror if necessary to inspect the bottom of your feet. Also, massage your feet as this helps with circulation.
- Balanced diet- Maintaining a balanced diet helps in preventing various disorders including foot problems. The body requires proper nutrition in order to work effectively. A good diet helps maintain a healthy lifestyle. Weight control can drastically reduce the stress levels on the feet.
- Foot hygiene- Maintaining good foot hygiene is of utmost importance. Your feet are prone to bacteria and infections. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with soap and warm water. Dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes. This helps to prevent fungal infections from settling in. Once dried, apply a moisturizer to keep the skin from cracking. Avoid moisturizer between the toes as it may encourage infection.
- Clip toenails carefully- The proper way to trim your toenails is by cutting them straight across. Do not cut them too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Proper footwear- Pay special attention to your diabetic foot in terms of what you wear. For patients with diabetes, proper footwear is key to avoid numerous complications. Wear fitted shoes which also provide sufficient padding and cushioning to reduce friction and stress on your feet. Wear shoes that are roomy from the front to avoid toes from overlapping or getting squeezed together.
If you want to know more about diabetic foot care and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your diabetic foot. Call (718) 624-7537 and make an appointment today.