Why Caring for Feet is Important for Diabetics

Why Caring for Feet is Important for Diabetics
Are you an athlete who is scared of needles but needs injections to help you with pain management and reducing inflammation? The fear of needles and injections is termed as trypanophobia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 56 percent of adults and 82 percent of children under 15 years old suffer from trypanophobia (cdc.gov, 2014). We understand how an enormous needle can be intimidating. To be quite frank, not many people are comfortable with the injection after seeing a needle that is over two inches long. Sometimes, the patient’s pain might even get worse before the shot because of their fear. The fear creates stress, and the stress in the body releases chemicals into the body that force the muscles to tighten, which makes the poke of the needle just a little more painful than usual. Patients who have trypanophobia are not scared of the pain from the injection; they are scared of needle itself.

Although diabetes affects every organ in the body, the feet are, in fact, one of the most vulnerable parts of the body that can be dramatically affected by diabetic neuropathy. Unfortunately, foot care doesn’t always make the top priority list when considering personal hygiene. It’s not just diabetics who tend to ignore their feet, but non-diabetics also have a tendency to ignore proper foot care. Still, 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations on people 20 years or older occurred among people who were diagnosed diabetics (diabetes.org, 2015). According to Dr. Geetha Pandian, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 55 percent of people with diabetes who have a lower extremity amputation will require a second amputation of another limb within 2-3 years (amputee-coalition.org, 2016).

If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, or sharp pains in your feet as a result of nerve damage from diabetes, you may be a candidate for neuropathy treatment at South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution in Evesham Township. Call (856) 334-9009 now to see if you qualify for treatment.

The feet are vulnerable in many ways. For example, “Diabetic foot ulceration can develop because of acute or chronic cutaneous compromise of the skin, arterial insufficiency, peripheral neuropathy, or a combination of these factors” (Diabetes Care, Reiber, Vileikyte, Bouko, et al., 1999). Additionally, when diabetes is not properly treated and a person’s blood sugar level remains high, the nerves in the lower extremities will weaken and vascular problems will arise. This restricts blood flow to the feet and the high glucose levels will eventually block proper function in the arteries of the feet, which affects the heart in the same way. Poor circulation and nerve damage in diabetics will typically result in the development of neuropathy in lower extremities. Fortunately, it usually takes anywhere from 7 to 9 years for diabetic neuropathy to occur, and it will occur quicker in diabetics who tend to put their health secondary when it should be first.

Nonetheless, people with diabetic neuropathy are at a higher risk of injury, wounds, and infections. In fact, according to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health about infections in patients with diabetes, which is in accordance with the research published by Nicolau and Stein on the American Podiatry Medical Association, a recently acquired foot ulcer or wound has a very high chance of acquiring an infection such as staphylococci and the chances increase dramatically if the ulcer or wound is not treated properly (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2012). Additionally, the reduction of feeling in the feet from diabetic neuropathy can also lead to injuries and wounds getting infected because a person is not able to feel the wound. The numbness and lack of sensation in the feet make a person increasingly vulnerable to burns, scrapes, and harmful cuts, which can all lead to greater problems.

Maintaining good foot hygiene is one way to prevent infection from getting comfortable. Scheduling regular visits with a podiatrist can also keep people well informed about what’s happening down there, especially, if a persona can’t feel or reach their feet. If you have diabetes and the sensation in your feet is becoming a regular problem or if you are experiencing tingling or sharp pains, you may be experiencing neuropathic symptoms.

Fortunately, the doctors at South Jersey Neuropathic Pain Solution in Evesham Township understand exactly what is happening in your feet and they here to help. Call our Evesham Township office at (856) 334-9009 to schedule an appointment and begin treating your diabetic neuropathy today.

If you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy and you are looking to increase your blood flow through an affable workout routine, rest assured that help is available. At South Jersey Peripheral Neuropathy Solution in Marlton, we can help you find pain relief for your peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Don’t wait until your pain is unbearable, call (856) 334-9009 today to get back on your feet today. Call (856) 334-9009 now!

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