Top 5 Goals for Diabetic Foot Health

5 top goals for diabetic foot careI am a big fan of goal setting. I have found that contemplating and writing my goals in all areas of my life have been effective in creating a roadmap to achieve those goals. Some of my major goals are health related. I refer to them often to ensure I'm making the right progress.

There's no one who needs to set their top five burning goals than people with diabetes. Diabetics are at risk for a wide variety of foot and ankle problems, among others. People with diabetes often suffer from peripheral neuropathy causing numbness or pain in both feet and legs. This affects their balance, which can lead to falls. For this reason many suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy use an Ankle-Foot Orthotic, a dynamic custom brace to provide stability and increase balance.

Another common effect of diabetes is diminished circulation. A decreased blood flow to the foot causes an oxygen deficit to the tissues. When combined with peripheral neuropathy, the diabetic is at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer. An ulcer is a break in the skin in an area of pressure. While there would be significant pain with such a condition for those who feel pain, those with neuropathy are numb, which allows no feedback of pain. An ulcer exposes the foot to significant risk of infection, which puts the limb and life of the diabetic at risk.

For these reasons, people with diabetes should write your top five goals...things you need to do to take control of your disease.

  • Ensure your blood sugar is in control
  • Care for your feet properly
  • Establish a relationship with your podiatrist
  • Lose weight
  • Exercise!

There's five right there...now just do it!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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