Learning About Neuropathy or Nerve Disease and Simple Prevention

Learning About Neuropathy or Nerve Disease and Simple Prevention

feetThe nervous system of our body is the third major organ system. The propensity of developing nerve related diseases in a diabetic patient is about 50 to 60%. In 2010, according to The American Diabetes Association (ADA) about 73,000 non-traumatic lower limb applications were performed on adult, older than 20 years old diabetic patients. Most could be avoided if patients were educated about neuropathy.
The major problems associated with neuropathy in diabetic patients are the high-frequency of infections of the foot. To put it simply, the toxins (due to high-levels of glucose in the blood) which are released in the nerve cells of the foot, causes the nerves to not be able to detect infections. Therefore, visual detection is necessary by patients and/or health-care professionals.

Diabetic shoes: Properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing injuries. Diabetic shoes are wider and deeper than regular shoes to make room for customized diabetic insoles. They are not extremely expensive and often come in fashionable designs.

Diabetic socks: A lot of patients question the use of diabetic socks as “an unnecessary expense”. They are wrong. Diabetic socks are functional and it allows more oxygen to the feet and this allows them to breathe easier. They help to induce more blood circulation and prevent fungus and bacteria growth especially between the toes. They control the moist in the foot and the special fiber yarn provides anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. If you are a diabetic patient over 65 years old you ought to consider wearing diabetic socks and diabetic shoes all the time.

Let me emphasize, regular visual inspection of your feet and toes for infections and regular visits to your doctor are paramount in preventing diabetes related foot amputations. Always remember having diabetes increases the risk of developing foot diseases. Furthermore, with diabetes these diseases can lead to serious complications such as amputation.

If you have diabetes your risk of amputation increases if: (1) You are 65 or older, (2) are African-American. (3) have already had an amputation, (4) experienced lost of feelings in your feet and legs, and (5) have poor circulation in general.

Brought to You By:
Charles H. Liu
DDP Medical Writer on Staff

Charles H. Liu, R. Ph, MBA

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