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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 09, 2022
Category: Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Insulin is a hormone that removes sugar (glucose) from your blood when your blood sugar is too high. Diabetes is the seventh cause of death in the United States, while the rest of the world has a much higher mortality rate. This is especially true in middle- to low-income countries, as these countries are often unable to access proper treatment for this condition. About 90-95 percent of people in the United States with diabetes have Type 2, while about 5 percent have Type 1, and the remainder has gestational diabetes. People with diabetes can still live well in spite of their condition! 

Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes

  1. Eat Slower.
  2. Pay Attention to Portion Sizes.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water Every day.
  4. Switch to Whole Grains.
  5. Avoid Smoking and/or Secondhand Smoke.
  6. Limit Alcohol Consumption.
  7. Plan Your Meals Ahead.
  8. Keep Track of Your Steps and Fitness Progress.
  9. Take Care of Your Feet.
  10.  Get A Full Night’s Sleep.

Recipes and Nutrition for Diabetes

It is not always easy to follow a rigid schedule. Especially when it comes to eating. But when it comes to managing your diabetes or prediabetes, following an eating plan is a powerful tool. Eating right does not have to be boring! Find a balance that works for you. These delicious recipes below may help:

Finding Support for Diabetes

Diabetes doesn’t have to be scary, and it doesn’t have to run or ruin your life. If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort in your lower extremities or think you could be at risk for diabetes, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 16, 2020
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

For our Middlesex County patients with diabetes, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know that even minor cuts or common conditions like athlete’s foot can prove dangerous. Diabetes limits blood flow to the legs and feet, making it harder for wounds and infections to heal. Nerve damage (or neuropathy), often associated with diabetes as well, can reduce feeling in your feet and increase the likelihood of an injury or infection going unnoticed. With proper care, however, you can greatly reduce the risk of harmful foot problems from diabetes.

Follow the do’s and don’ts below to keep diabetic feet healthy:

Do: remember, your podiatrist is your partner in diabetic foot care. Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, about the best ways to be proactive about your foot health. Schedule regular podiatric checkups and report anything unusual—skin rashes, bumps, bruises, cuts that seem slow to heal, etc.—as soon as you notice them.

Don’t: Expose your feet to open flames or space heaters. Avoid electric blankets and check the temperature of bathwater with your hand or arm before stepping in. Neuropathy may impede your ability to perceive heat accurately.

Don’t: wear shoes that are too tight in the toe box or rub at the heel. It’s also best not to wear footwear made of rigid, stiff material. All of these can cause blisters to form or exacerbate toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.

Do: keep toenails trimmed appropriately. Cut straight across, not too short, and with no rounded edges. This will help prevent ingrown toenails from developing.

Do: make healthy lifestyle choices that will enable you to control your diabetes better. These may include a regular exercise routine, a healthy meal plan, and managing other health conditions that may be related to diabetes, such as hypertension.

Don’t: smoke. It impedes circulation.

Do: keep feet dry. Change socks at the first sign they feel damp. Sitting in moist socks can lead to blisters and fungal infections.

Don’t: attempt any “self-doctoring.” Do not try to file down or remove corns or calluses on your own. Do not use medicated pads or other products designed to eliminate warts. These can cause injury or harm to your feet, which is particularly dangerous if you have diabetes. Instead, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 and let the podiatrist handle.



 








 

 

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