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Podiatry (foot care) for people with diabetes is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. A recent study that was conducted by a credible source reveled that many people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet by visiting a podiatrist for regular checkups. Diabetes is a systematic condition that affects many organs and systems in the body. One of the places where the effects of diabetes are seen is in the feet. This is due to the fact that the feet has the poorest blood circulation due to the effect of gravity that causes the blood to pool in the feet and also because the feet are far away from the heart.
1. Poor blood circulation.
Diabetes affects the circulatory system of the body and a poor circulation can affect how the body heals. Because the feet is far away from the heart, they are at great risk of getting an infection. Even a minor infection caused by a small cut can take long time to heal because diabetes weakens the immune system and also compromises blood circulation.
2. Diabetes can affect joints by making them stiffer.
Many people with diabetes have reported to have joints problems. This is because this disease weakens both the immune and the circulatory system of the body thus lowering the body’s ability to heal.
3. People with diabetes are prone to infection.
Because diabetes weakens the immune system, people with diabetes are prone to infection. A small cut on the feet can result to infection that can cause serious damage if not treated on time.
Variety of foot problems can arise to diabetes patients with poor foot care. Some of the problems that those patients are likely to face include:
· Foot damage
· Foot ulcers
· Foot infection
· Charcot’s joints.
1. To ensure that their feet are in perfect condition.
Harsh elements can lead to severe cracking that can become very painful with every step that you take. When you visit a podiatry specialist, your feet will be properly examined and if there is any problem the specialist with use specific tools to help solve it. They may also prescribed a special cream that can help add moisture to your feet to help them heal faster.
2. Prevents infection.
Nails are the prefect hiding ground for bacteria and fungus. If not treated well, they can cause infection to the patient. A podiatry specialist will treat your feet thus leaving them clean and bacteria free. You will not be at risk or getting an infection once you have visited a podiatry specialist.
3. Advice and follow ups.
A podiatry specialist will not only ensure that your feet are in good condition, but will also give you tips on how to ensure that your feet stay in perfect condition. The specialist will advise you on the danger of not taking good care your feet. He/she will show you how to keep your feet away from infection and injury. The specialist will also do follow up to ensure that you are on the right track.
In conclusion, diabetes patient should ensure that they visit podiatry specialist regularly for the sake of their own body health. By visiting a podiatry specialist regularly, they will greatly prevent feet risks that are associated with diabetes from occurring. If you live in NJ, Monmouth County, feel free to visit our specialist Dr. James Ludden at Ultimed healthcare PC in Manalapan. You can also call us on 732.972.1267