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If not taken care of properly, diabetes can lead to life-threatening problems. Diabetics can lose sensation due to poor circulation, especially in their feet, which can result in further complications. A smart mat device invented by four engineering students from Jackson State University aims to identify diabetic foot issues, such as ulcers, before they completely develop. The device works to sense any temperature changes in diabetic feet, with lower temperatures indicating poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation can lead to foot ulcers as well as neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, talk to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care

By Dr. Michael Stein
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

DiabetesIf this…then that. We've all played logic riddles with this format. For old times' sake, let's give it a whirl! If there are balloons, then... it's a party! How about this one? If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it then called a dog pile?As your foot specialist, we can say this; if you have diabetes, then you are at risk for developing a foot ulcer.

For that reason, you should have us check your feet checked regularly. Diabetic ulcers are open sores or wounds—most commonly found on the bottom of the foot—that affect as many as 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Some cases can even lead to hospitalization or amputation. In most cases, however, they are preventable.

These wounds can develop from a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, heel fissures, poor circulation, foot deformities that cause excessive friction or pressure, and trauma. If your nerves have been damaged due to diabetes, you are particularly at risk, due to the loss of ability to feel pain.

Common symptoms you may begin to notice are drainage on your socks, redness and swelling of the foot, or a foul odor. You can prevent this by checking your feet every day and visiting the Foot Doctor of the East Bay, where we can ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. There are several appropriate treatment plans including: prevention of infection, taking the pressure off the limb, debridement or removing dead skin and tissue, application of medicine or dressing the wound, and management of your blood glucose levels.

Don't wait until it's too late. If you run a tight ship, then you are less likely to develop an open foot sore. Protect your feet by keeping your blood glucose levels in check, keeping your feet clean, and not walking barefoot. Other things to avoid are smoking, drinking alcohol, high cholesterol, and inappropriate shoes.

For diabetics, a small cut or scrape can quickly develop into a dangerous situation. At the first sign of redness and swelling on your foot, give one of our offices a call. Foot Doctor of the East Bay can be reached in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684. You can also set up an appointment online.

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