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The increasing prevalence of diabetes in our communities has reached alarming levels. There are 34 million people of all age groups that have diabetes – that’s 10 percent of the U.S population! Another 88 million have prediabetes and what is troubling is that 84 percent of them don't know they have it. This chronic condition continues to remain misunderstood. Diabetes puts you at risk of developing severe and life-threatening complications, especially of the foot and ankle. It's essential to prevent and manage this chronic illness by getting an early diagnosis and timely care as early as possible.
November is American Diabetes Month. Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share some of the simple, positive steps you can adopt to reduce your risk of dangerous diabetic complications.
Team up with your podiatrist
Perhaps the most important tip for anyone recently diagnosed with diabetes is to include a podiatrist in their health care team. Many independent studies show that partnering up with a podiatrist can make a big difference—regardless of where you are in your journey with diabetes. Discuss risk levels, preventive measures, and follow-up visits with your podiatrist. Seeing your podiatrist regularly can help you avoid foot complications like peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers and keep your feet as healthy as possible.
Eating healthy meals can help you regulate your blood sugar levels and keep your diabetes in check. Avoid sugary treats and processed foods. Add fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meat to your diet. Eating healthy and the right portion size will also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Regular physical activity is another key component of diabetes management. Staying active helps your cells use insulin more effectively. If you have been inactive for quite some time, it is important to consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen.
If you have any foot concerns or haven't had your feet checked in a while, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY office at (718) 624-7537 or our Brooklyn, NY office at (718) 567-1403
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts advise our diabetic patients to exercise extra caution as winter elements such as closed shoes, wet surfaces, chill air, dry skin, damp socks and the like, are all hazardous for the health of their feet.
Here a few tips that will help you make it through the winters:
Examine your feet daily: You should thoroughly inspect your feet and watch out for any changes in the color and texture of your skin and toenails. Due to restricted blood flow, calluses or corns may go unnoticed by patients with diabetes. Visit your podiatrist immediately if you observe anything unusual.
Keep your feet dry: Walking along snowy streets could result in wet socks and damp shoes. Make sure you change your footwear as soon as you return indoors and dry your feet properly.
Moisturizing is crucial: Heaters tend to make the skin dry and flaky. If your feet are not well moisturized, your skin may start cracking. The condition could worsen as those cracks turn into wounds and fall prey to infections.
Wear comfortable shoes: Diabetic patients need to be extra careful about their footwear as their feet require greater support and padding to avoid ulcers and sores caused due to excessive pressure.
Manage your blood sugar level: Diet plays an important role in controlling your glucose levels. Make sure you follow your diet plan and don’t miss any medication that you are taking to maintain your sugar levels.
Visit your foot doctor regularly to ensure that your feet are healthy and not developing any painful conditions. One cannot emphasize the importance of these visits enough.
If you have any queries about diabetic foot health or would like more information, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto by contacting our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.
What you eat has a direct impact on your body, especially the feet. It is important to know how the food you eat can affect your feet in a variety of ways.
During this Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM urge our patients with diabetes to be extra careful about what they eat. Following the diet plan and exercise routines prescribed by your doctor is essential if you want to stay healthy and safe.
Our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto has identified some common conditions that are a direct result of your dietary choices; these include:
- Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Diabetes and PAD restrict blood flow in the lower extremities and may cause nerve damage which adversely affects your sense of feeling in the feet. Leafy vegetables and fruits, combined with daily exercise, are best to control this condition.
- Inflammation: Commonly associated with gout, arthritis or injury to the plantar fascia (the tissue that runs under your feet) causing heel pain. Sugary foods, saturated and trans fats found in junk food are common foods that aggravate inflammation.
- Osteoporosis: A condition characterized by weakening of the bones and making them prone to fractures due to brittleness. Consuming foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, etc., can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Light exercises also strengthen the bones and surrounding muscles.
- Edema or fluid retention: Lack of water supply or excessive salts can lead to fluid accumulation and inflammation in the ankles. Drinking plenty of water and keeping your feet elevated helps to counter this condition.
Food intake also affects your weight and, consequently, your feet end up bearing the burden. If your feet are hurting or you have concerns regarding your feet, feel free to browse through our extensive library covering an array of podiatry related topics. Please can call us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment today.
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.