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By gary
June 27, 2012
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After being diagnosed with diabetes, Chaka Khan was determined to take the steps to manage her diabetes.  She adopted a vegan (no meat or animal byproduct) diet in order to lose weight to help manage her diabetes.  On occasion, she walks to keep herself in shape.

Those with diabetes know that weight is not the only contributor and that their diabetes can affect their lives in multiple ways.  Podiatrists, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctors of the East Bay, know the importance of caring for feet when a patient has diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in all parts of the body, including the feet. The legs and feet may have a slowed blood flow which causes neuropathy (nerve damage). Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Check your feet regularly for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their physicians to monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

It is always best to let your healthcare professional know any concerns you may have regarding your feet no matter how big or small the issue may be. For diabetic patients, it is best not to wait to seek help, because the longer you wait, the worse symptoms of the feet may become. The risk of amputation and sepsis heightens if you do not seek medical treatment right away. Early treatment and daily inspection of feet for diabetics are keys to maintaining health.

If you have any questions about diabetic foot care, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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