Taking Care of Your Toes: Diabetic Nutrition & How it can Affect Your Feet

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by JPO Blogger
Week 3 Post 1

Diabetes can lead to different medical complications, including foot problems.

 

Most of us know about the importance of a balanced diet and hygiene routine to keep ourselves healthy. But do you ever think about how your nutrition and habits affect your feet? Individuals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk for damage to the feet due to damaged blood vessels and peripheral nerves. JP&O cares about how your take care of your feet and wants to help you improve your foot’s function while reducing pain. But proper self-care is the first step.

Diabetes management is the most important way to take care of your feet. Doctors say that better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have decreased by more than 50 percent in the last 20 years. Although this is an encouraging number, it is still important to know the different foot problems that can occur and the best way to prevent them.

Conditions such as athlete’s foot, corns, calluses and foot ulcers can occur in any person. However, for an individual with diabetes, a common foot problem could lead to an infection with serious complications or amputation. Proper foot care is the best way to prevent these common foot problems or stop them before they cause a more serious condition. Some good foot care tips include:

  • Take care of yourself and your diabetes. Follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding nutrition, exercise, medication and blood sugar level. In general, the NIH recommends a diet rich in whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits and lean means for individuals with diabetes.
  • Wear close-toed shoes and socks that fit well. JP&O has a trained pedorthist on staff that is trained in the biomechanics of the foot and builds shoes and appliances that alleviate pain and improve function.
  • Make sure your doctor examines your feet during each check-up. Your doctor should exam the skin, check your foot temperature and assess the sensation to the foot.

The best strategy to prevent foot complications due to diabetes is properly managing your diabetes. A healthy diet, regular exercise, blood sugar monitoring and a prescribed medication regimen is important to overall health.

JP&O cares about you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes! If you are suffering from a foot condition and are interested in a pedorthic device or are having problems with your current pedorthic device, contact JP&O today!

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