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By Dr. Diana Emini
November 29, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: podiatrist   diabetes   foot   Lemont   complications  

People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing foot issues. We have put a list together of complications you should be aware of if you or anyone you know is diabetic. If you or anyone you know is diabetic and is suffering from any of the following, call DM Foot & Ankle Associates at (630) 863-7517 to schedule a visit with one of our physicians today.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause numbness, weakness and sometimes pain. This complication can cause you to lose feeling in your feet, which means a person with neuropathy could have a foot injury and not even know it since they cannot feel their feet. It is important that a person who suffers from diabetic neuropathy ensures they have proper fitting diabetic shoes. Shoes like this can be purchased from our office and sometimes billed to your insurance, depending on your insurance benefits.

Skin Changes

Diabetes can cause the skin on your feet to become very dry and possibly peel and crack. This is caused by the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your feet no longer working. To help with this issue, you should always apply a moisturizing cream to your feet after bathing and drying your feet completely. We recommend using Foot Miracle Cream regularly to keep your skin from drying out.

Calluses

Calluses in a person with diabetes may be covering up a deeper wound or ulceration if they are not trimmed or cared for properly. Never try to cut calluses yourself as this could lead to bigger issues. Always be sure to wear proper fitting shoes and inserts to avoid a callus from building up. Also, be sure to see your podiatrist to have these debrided regularly.

Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers occur in about 15% of all diabetic patients and have the potential of becoming infected and eventually hospitalizing a diabetic patient due to the infection. 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulcers can be caused by a number of things such as: trauma, irritation, lack of feeling in the foot, foot deformities or poor circulation.

Poor Circulation

Do not ignore leg pain. It is important to discuss any leg or thigh pain that you may be experiencing with  your podiatric physician as it may be a warning sign of a serious disease such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).  Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Fatigue, tiredness, or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when you walk but goes away when you rest.
  • Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs your sleep.
  • Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to heal.

Our podiatrists serve Lemont, Homer Glen and neighboring suburbs.

By Dr. Michelle Kim
November 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: podiatrist   diabetes   foot   Lemont   awareness   facts   doctor  

November is diabetes awareness month. To spread awareness we have made a list full of interesting facts about diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin.
  • About 1/3 of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
  • Only about 5% of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
  • If you find yourself at risk for type 2 diabetes, it can be prevented with moderate weight loss and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness is working-age adults.
  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
  • Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
  • Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people
  • Total deaths from diabetes are projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years.
  • India has the highest populations of people with type 2 diabetes, more than any other country in the world.
  • Diabetes symptoms such as thirst, weight loss and excess urination were recognized for more than 1200 years before the disease had a name.
  • In ancient times, doctors would test for diabetes by tasting urine to see if it was sweet. People who tasted urine to check for diabetes were called “water tasters.”
  • The first oral type 2  diabetes medication was identified in 1942.
  • Seeing a podiatrist reduces your risk of  hospitalization.

 

 

 

 

Most people know that diabetes has to do with problematic insulin levels, but when it comes to identifying  the difference between type 1 and type 2, there is much confusion between the two. So we’ve put together some of the main differences:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Out of every 100 diabetics, 5 to 10 have Type 1 diabetes.
  • Usually start seeing symptoms in childhood or young adult years.
  • How it works: The body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin. The result is eventual loss of insulin production in the body. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which they need to produce energy.
  • This type of diabetes cannot be prevented.

 

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Out of every 100 diabetics, 90-95 have Type 2 diabetes.
  • Start seeing symptoms at any age (most common during adulthood).
  • How it works: The body isn't able to use insulin the right way (insulin resistance). As it progresses the pancreas creates less and less insulin resulting in insulin deficiency.
  • This type of diabetes can be delayed or even prevented with the necessary steps to a healthy lifestyle including weight management, exercising, eating the right foods, etc.

 

American veterans have met our foreign enemies head-on for years, unfortunately there is another enemy that has been attacking them right here at home; an enemy named diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, right now, 5.5 Million Veterans receive VA (Veteran’s Health Administration) health care services. Out of those 5.5 million veterans, every 1 out of 4 has diabetes. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, it is important to get educated about diabetes and what can be done about it.

Diabetics are prone to various foot problems and so it is important to take the necessary steps for foot care. Here are the basics about diabetes and how, with proper care and maintenance, it can be successfully managed.

 

  1. Eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Regular self-monitoring and medical care to control blood sugar.
  4. Refrain from tobacco use.
  5. Get a yearly foot check.
  6. Do NOT try to cut your own corns and calluses.
  7. Minor cuts, scratches, and abrasions can turn into an infection. Do not self- treat.
  8. Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly.
  9. Carefully inspect your feet on a regular basis.

 

Thank you to all who have served our country and Happy Veteran’s Day!

By Dr. Diana Emini
November 04, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The month of November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 26 million people all over the Unites States. It is important for those suffering from diabetes, as well as those who haven’t yet been diagnosed, to know the risks and complications that come with diabetes and to be aware to avoid any serious problems.

What does diabetes have to do with feet?

There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes, some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral arterial disease or amputations.

Here are some common problems associated with diabetes:

Neuropathy: Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs that can also be accompanied by pain.

Skin Changes: Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.

Foot Ulcers: Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If neglected, infections may occur which can lead to amputations. It is important to get ulcers checked and treated in the beginning stages.  

Poor Circulation: Your foot is more susceptible to infections and it may be harder to heal with poor circulation. Smoking worsens circulation but exercise helps it!

How can DMFA help?

Here at DM Foot & Ankle, we offer comprehensive and healthy foot treatments for the different complications that may occur with diabetes. We schedule annual foot examinations, in which we observe and treat overall health of patient’s skin, circulation, nerves, and foot structure. For neuropathic feet, we cut toenails safely and take care of calluses, which can ulcerate if they’re left untreated.

In terms of foot protection, we have several different lines of Medicare- approved diabetic shoes that help protect the feet with extra thickness in the soles. We offer all of these services and many more! Make sure to call our office with any questions or to schedule a yearly foot exam if you are having problems like the ones mentioned above. It’s time to help raise awareness of diabetes!