The African American Women’s Health Legacy Project (AAWHL) joins with Sacramento State Nursing interns on Wednesday, November 6, to present a Diabetic and Foot Care Workshop. AAWHL, a division of the non-profit organization Yes2Kollege Education Resources, Inc., helps area women learn to manage their diabetes. Since launching this Spring, the group has hosted seminars, arranged exclusive clinic visits and hosted healthy eating demonstrations and field trips. It is amazing how a squirmy silkworm can make a life changing difference from a life filled with pain, painful inflammation or disease and change it to a life of health and happiness.
The rate for upper and lower leg amputations fell 47 percent among people with diabetes over the decade, and the rate of lower extremity amputations alone declined about 29 percent during that time period. Only partial toe amputations, which have less impact on quality of life, rose during that time period—by 24 percent. Orthopedic treatments for diabetic foot ulcers, which the authors also analyzed, rose 143 percent, the study found. Phisitkul said it’s impossible to pinpoint a specific reason for the drop in major amputations. “We do know that better foot and ankle treatment is a part of it though,” he said.
You can split those thirty minuets up into two or three sections if you don’t have enough time to walk for thirty minuets at one time. When you do your walking it doesn’t have to be done all at once, you can split that up into 10 or 15 minuet time sessions. But try to do at least 30 minuets a day. There’s a direct relationship between blood sugar level and damage to the nerve cells,” says Dr. Tillet. Out-of-control blood sugar can lead to neuropathy and/or a foot sore. A wound complicated by significant comorbiditiesincluding peripheral vascular disease, vascular disease, persistent edema,persistent infection, or prior radiation to the area
The research that was carried out involved 24 volunteers who were suffering from diabetic foot ulcers but showed no evidence of infection or circulation problems to their extremities. During this research some of the patients were assigned to a daily treatment of Topical 0.05% Tretinoin solution for 4 weeks, whilst the rest of the control group were treated using a saline solution. Every 2 weeks each group was assessed to see how the ulcers were. Blisters, corns, or calluses bleed beneath the skin.Many abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes, or other build up in the bones of the foot.Scar tissue grows over the site of an earlier infection.
Too many shoes these days are using soft materials all-around the shoes and are very ‘floppy’ giving no support or stability whatsoever. In summer, many people wear open footwear such as sandals and flip-flops which are even worse in biomechanical terms. The first thing you need to do is be vigilant and aware. Try to consciously be aware of how your feet feel at all times. In this way you’ll stay on top of any potential problems that may be starting before they become major ulcers that need medical attention. What we can assure is that diabetes foot ulcers and wounds can still be treated without the need for amputation!
Itching of the skin is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes mainly due to yeast infections, dry skin or poor blood circulation. This itching mostly occurs on the lower part of the legs. This can be treated by applying a moisturizer after bath and using mild soap. There are special creams to treat such conditions. Diabetic blisters occur in people with severe diabetes. These blisters are painless and heal on their own. They occur on the toes, fingers, legs or forearms. This can be controlled by bringing the glucose level under control.
It is important to keep diabetes under control to avoid problems occurring which have long lasting effects. Dealing with diabetes can be challenging, but some of the complications this condition causes such as renal and cardiovascular disease, eye deterioration and problems with peripheral blood vessels can be much worse. Have regular blood tests to check for other autoimmune conditions and if they are found get the necessary treatment without delay. If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, look after your body by consuming the right food and drink and exercising regularly. As yet Diabetes is not a condition that can be cured, but it can be controlled and risks minimised.
Lisa Nhan, DPM, is a third year podiatric surgery and medicine resident with special interest in forefoot reconstructive surgery and diabetic limb salvage at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, California. She is also a co-investigator on a comprehensive wound scoring research project with Drs Strauss and Miller. Michael B. Strauss, MD , is an orthopaedic surgeon who focuses on managing limb threatening wounds is the medical director of Hyperbaric Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of California Irvine and orthopaedic consultant for the Foot & Ankle Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, California.
Podiatrists are also experts in the fitting of special diabetic comfort shoes and will prescribe and fit a person for special custom orthotics to be placed inside their normal shoes to help correct some problems they may have in that area. Many people do not have a complete understanding that a Podiatrist is the acknowledged expert in treating problems in this foot and ankle area of the body and will seek advice from their normal General Practioner when they have a problem that perhaps could be better dealt with by an experienced Podiatrist.