You Can Avoid Diabetic Amputation

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you already know that it’s a dangerous whole-body illness.  Steady blood sugar (glucose) levels are critical to maintaining good health. A small gland called the pancreas helps accomplish that by producing the hormone insulin, which is critical to successfully managing the job. In people who have diabetes, the pancreas fails in part or in full and blood glucose levels must be managed through other means such as diet and exercise, medication, or insulin injections.

But do you know that diabetes is responsible for foot health conditions that can lead to loss of mobility, hospitalization, and even amputation? The two most dangerous are nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy and diminished circulation called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The neuropathy creates sensations of numbness and tingling, making it difficult for diabetics to notice small nicks or cuts. Then the PAD makes it hard for the body to nourish and repair these small wounds. They become easily infected and challenging to heal.

If you have diabetes, it is critical that you practice excellent hygiene by washing feet daily and drying them well, and that you visually inspect feet daily for minor injuries that might otherwise escape your attention. If limited mobility is an issue, ask a loved one for help. Another solution is to sit in a chair, place a small mirror on the floor, and hold your foot above it for better visibility.

For the best possible foot health, everyone – men, women, and children with and without diabetes – should see a podiatrist once a year for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. This is even more important for diabetics. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified foot doctor like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is the best-qualified medical professional to take care of this part of your body and to manage the danger of diabetes to your foot health.

Schedule a visit to the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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