Diabetics can experience a gradual loss of feeling in different parts of the body, especially your feet! Patients suffer from diabetic neuropathy when their extremities experience damage to their nerve function as a result of diabetics. Numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness can all occur. This is a problem because the nerves in the foot are unable to warn you against minor injuries or even infection! Minor foot conditions such as blisters, callouses, and cuts are often ignored as a result of the inability to feel and sense pain in the feet. Thereby this loss of sensation can develop into foot infections, ulcers, and possibly amputation!
However, these complications are treatable! First, it is imperative that the feet be inspected daily. If a problem is found, it should be addressed by Dr. Lockwood immediately. All diabetic patients need an annual Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) with Dr. Lockwood! Preventative treatments can include diabetic nail care! Schedule an appointment today by clicking here or calling (309) 661-9975.
This year's World Health Day (April 7th) was themed around diabetes because of the direct impact the disease has on millions of people around the globe. The team at HFAA wants to help share this year’s mission and provide some natural and healthy eating tips to prevent and even possibly reverse the effects diabetes. When it comes to helping those feet when you are diabetic, change that diet up! Consuming organic food can lessen the additional toxic load in your body, so consider organic choices when following the following diet:
- 40% Protein - Lean, clean chicken and fish. Vegetarians rely on soy!
- 30% Fat - Healthy fats like olive oil to cook with, minimize dairy. Snack on nuts!
- 30% Carbs - Fruits, vegetables, and sprouted grains! Avoid alcohol and starch!
Sometimes, the simplest changes can make the biggest impact!