Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention
Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.
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Is Osteomyelitis related to diabetes?
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection and can certainly be related to diabetes. When individuals who are living with diabetes develop foot ulcers, they may ultimately end up exposing bones in their feet to infection. Additionally, these individuals have impaired immune systems which are not as effective at fighting off infections, and Staphylococcus aureus can more easily infect their bones.
Potential bone infection is one of the many reasons for the heightened importance of diabetic foot care and why it is necessary to see Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM, whenever a cut or other injury is sustained. If you have not already done so, contact our office and we’ll help you create a sustainable plan for diabetic foot care.
Bone infections do not only happen to individuals who have compromised immune systems, however. Other risk factors for this condition include alcoholism, intravenous drug use, long-term use of steroids, or recent injury. Infection also happens occasionally following bone surgeries, like knee and hip replacements.
Regardless how you may have developed osteomyelitis, it needs to be treated sooner rather than later. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 and make an appointment to receive the expert diagnosis and treatment that you need.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Foot care should be important for anyone who wants to prevent conditions like fungal toenails, bunions, and plantar fasciitis, but the stakes are even higher for those who live with diabetes. Diabetic foot care is necessary for avoiding serious health problems, including those that can lead to amputation for a foot or a leg. Preventing infections and wounds is quite important, but so is observing them early before they become especially severe.
This ailment can lead to nerve damage in your extremities, including a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. One of the concerns with this form of neuropathy is when it prevents you from feeling the sensation of pain that normally comes with an injury. Left untreated, a cut or wound can create an opening for infection to develop in your body.
If you or a loved one in the Palm Desert, CA, need further information about how to care for diabetic feet, schedule an appointment with Harvey R. Danciger, DPM. Call (760) 568-0108 and make an appointment so that you can start planning for daily care and inspection.
What are some of the symptoms of nerve damage from diabetes?
The most common symptom of nerve damage in diabetes is one of numbness. People also may complain of burning, tingling, shooting sensations, loss of balance, prickling sensations, pins and needles and a feeling of cold. These can be worse at night or there can be no change during the day.
Numbness can cause people with diabetes to develop an ulcer on their feet or legs and may result in an amputation due to the lack of feeling and sensitivity. This is a serious complication of diabetic neuropathy.
Oftentimes there may be a nerve compression situation in the lower extremities compounding the neuropathy symptoms. These need to be evaluated and addressed in the treatment plans as well.
If you are having any symptoms described above, see Dr. Harvey Danciger for a discussion of different treatment options.
Can I avoid diabetic nerve damage?
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent nerve damage. The most important is to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range. This involves a daily commitment to maintaining the right eating habits and exercising. There is a lab test called the A1C test that provides you with your average blood glucose level for the past 2-3 months. This helpful tool shows if you are staying on track and should be done a couple of times a year.
If you have diabetes, carrying extra weight increases your risk for nerve damage. Make a concerted effort to follow a balanced diet and exercise plan if you need to lose weight. It is also important to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use, as both are serious risk factors for nerve damage as well.
If you are concerned about nerve damage or need help with foot problems, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108.
What causes a foot ulcer?
There are several foot complications that can develop as a result of having diabetes. One injury in particular that can lead to very serious consequences is an ulcer, which is an open sore on the foot. The wound can be shallow or deep and often takes a long time to heal. Poor circulation is a common complication with diabetes, which can greatly impact the healing of an ulcer. A few other causes for this foot problem are minor trauma, deformity and peripheral neuropathy.
Neuropathy is nerve damage in the foot and this means that a patient is often unable to sense pain, and doesn’t know an injury has happened. Poor circulation can inhibit proper healing and this is what can lead to the formation of an ulcer. A deformity would include any condition that alters the normal structure of the foot, such as bunions, fractures, and arthritis. Any abnormality can lead to an area on the foot having to bear more pressure than normal, which can cause the formation of an ulcer.
This is a serious injury that needs immediate attention. If you have diabetes, please see us for regular foot care and contact our office immediately if you notice any type of wound developing on your feet. Call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.
What is a healthy sugar intake for a person with diabetes?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reminds us that eating sugar has nothing to do with developing type 1 diabetes, which is related to genetics and other unknown factors. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is linked with drinking sugary drinks, so it is recommended that people limit their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to understand that the intake of both sugar and carbohydrates have an effect on blood glucose levels. Sugars are simple carbohydrates. Most sweets have many carbohydrates in a small serving so it is important to keep portions small. The ADA recommends that a diabetic should “aim to consume between 45-60 grams of carbohydrates at each meal.” This limit makes it easier for your body to regulate your blood glucose levels.
There are many things to manage if you have diabetes, and foot care must be near the top of the list. If you have any foot pain or notice a new symptom, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger immediately to diagnose what may be going on. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.
What can cause leg cramps?
Leg cramps, those painful, debilitating muscle spasms in the calf area, can be a symptom from different causes. One cause can be from PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease. This is when there is not enough blood getting to the muscles causing them to cramp, usually during exercise, but can also occur at rest. Another cause can be functional, by that I mean; when you stand and walk, your feet and legs move more than they should causing increase stress to the muscles, similar to exercising. When you are resting or sleeping, the muscles can cramp and wake you up.
The treatment for this problem depends on the cause, so the first step is finding out what why you are getting the cramps. Call (760) 568-0108 to schedule your appointment now and be on the road to recovery.
What are the diabetic effects on feet?
Understanding the serious and sometimes devastating effects that diabetes can have on feet will help you make the best decisions about your health in general and more specifically, in your foot care. Dr. Danciger is highly dedicated to the foot health of his diabetic patients for the following reasons:
- When you have diabetes, you are at risk for nerve damage in your feet, which is called neuropathy. This affects your ability to feel pain, heat and cold.
- Neuropathy can cause a small injury to go unnoticed and impaired circulation often makes it difficult for wounds to heal. It is not unheard of for a tiny blister to eventually lead to amputation.
- Neuropathy can change the shape of your feet and toes requiring a patient to wear special shoes.
- Diabetes can cause skin to become dry and cracked, leaving skin at risk for infection.
- Calluses and ulcers on the ball of the foot, the bottom and sides of the foot are common.
- Diabetes affects circulation, which can cause feet to be cold and impacts the healing time of infections and injuries.
If you have diabetes, it is important to have your feet checked on a regular basis. Dr. Danciger can identify problem areas to watch or current problems that need to be addressed and treated before they become worse. Please call our office today if you are in need of diabetic foot care (760) 568-0108.
Are plantar warts a bigger problem with diabetes?
If you have diabetes and notice a plantar wart, skip the over the counter options and call a podiatrist for treatment. Whether you need freezing therapy, salicylic acid medication, cantharidin, laser surgery or minor surgery, Dr. Harvey Danciger can choose the appropriate treatment method, monitor its effectiveness, and ensure that any wound is healing properly.
Why should I see a podiatrist for my plantar warts?
Plantar warts are very common and can be difficult to treat. They are often resistant to treatment methods and can take a long time to resolve. Treatment for plantar warts requires patience and often multiple kinds of intervention. For someone with diabetes, a plantar wart is a bigger problem due to neuropathy or nerve damage often being present. Even a small wound can become a very serious complication in a person with diabetes. Common problems such as warts need professional attention and treatment to monitor the condition and ensure the health of the affected foot. To get the care and treatment that you deserve, schedule an appointment with Dr. Danciger today.
For more information about diabetic foot care, order a complimentary copy of Dr. Danciger’s book, Understanding Your Diabetic Feet.