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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
A lot of us don’t think about the health of our feet until they start to hurt or cause us problems. Our feet do so much for us, yet we do so little to keep them in good health. The truth is that many people are either unsure of where to go for treatment or think it's normal to have continuous foot pain. However, by ignoring foot pain we are causing more harm to ourselves. If you notice any changes in your feet, whether, in appearance or how they feel, you should immediately notify your podiatrist, a specialized medical professional trained to assess, diagnose, and treat foot-related injuries and disorders.
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 three signs that should prompt you to speak to a podiatrist right away.
- You have swollen feet. Persistent swelling in your feet is not something to ignore. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition that requires a trip to the doctor.
- You have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing different foot problems like neuropathy and ulcers. Even a minor issue could lead to complications such as amputation and loss of limb if left untreated. Any signs of discoloration, cuts, pain, sores, and infection around the lower extremities should be looked at by a podiatrist right away. Your daily foot care regimen plays a critical role in diabetes management.
- You have constant foot pain. If you are experiencing unusual pains in your feet and ankles, it warrants a trip to the podiatrist. Foot pain that starts for no apparent reason can signal the onset of arthritis and a variety of different health issues.
Your feet require proper care and attention. Even changes that may seem small are worth the attention and may even save one's life. Do not hesitate to contact us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403, to schedule an appointment with our foot doctors who are experts in determining the best treatment plan for your foot condition.
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.