Neuropathy from Diabetes Can
Severely Damage Your Feet
Patients with diabetes are particularly susceptible to serious foot problems, and neuropathy is one of the reasons.Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can occur from prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels such as when diabetes is not well managed. Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage in the extremities such as the feet, legs and hands, is the most common diabetes complication.
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
Loss of sensation
Symptoms usually begin gradually and you may not even notice if you are losing sensation in your feet. As the neuropathy worsens, you may experience muscle weakness and even balance problems.
But neuropathy is not just annoying. The danger for those with diabetes is that you may not feel pain, heat or cold in your legs and feet. If you get a sore or cut on your foot, or if your shoe is damaged or doesn’t fit properly, you won’t feel it and may develop a foot injury.
Poor blood circulation is another common complication from diabetes when the blood vessels narrow and harden. Together, neuropathy and poor circulation create a serious situation if you have even a small injury on your feet. You may not feel it because of neuropathy and, with poor blood circulation, it may not heal properly and worsen into a dangerous ulcer that can even lead to amputation.
Please come in for a complete foot examination at least once a year if you have diabetes. We have the right expertise to find early signs of foot damage and begin treatment right away so it doesn’t worsen.
Walk on Pavement in
Comfort with the Right Shoe
Walking on pavement can really take a toll on your feet.With each step, you put pressure on your feet, ankles, knees and hips. This stresses your joints and the resulting pressure accumulates over time. Some walking surfaces like a dirt path, school track or grass absorb the shock, transferring it away from your bones.
But concrete sidewalks and roadways are some of the hardest walking surfaces. Walking on these not only stresses your joints but also causes your muscles to tire more easily.
Your walking shoe can compensate for a hard surface. Athletic or running shoes with extra cushioning can help take the stress off your body and absorb shock. A trail shoe with a deeper tread pattern to grip and avoid slipping is a great idea for uneven cobblestone or paver stone surfaces.
Visit an athletic shoe store and explain your walking surface to get the best fit for your feet and path. Carry your dress shoes on your commute to work and change into your stylish shoes when you arrive. You’ll extend the life of your fashionable shoes and reduce the stress on your joints.
Recipe of the Month:
Mini–Smoked Salmon Frittatas
A perfect brunch dish, these smoked salmon frittatas are as impressive as they are tasty. Bake and serve in mini ramekins with a side of fresh fruit and juice.Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra–virgin olive oil
¼ cup diced onion
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 ounces smoked salmon, cut into ¼–inch pieces
6 large eggs
8 large egg whites
1 tablespoon half–and–half
3 tablespoons 1% milk
3 ounces 1/3–less-fat cream cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
Preheat oven to 325°. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Sauté onion 2–3 minutes or until soft; add salt, pepper, and salmon. Remove from stovetop; let cool.
Combine the next 4 ingredients (through milk) in a bowl. Stir in the cream cheese. Lightly coat 6 (8–ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Add 2 tablespoons of salmon mixture to each ramekin. Pour ¾ cup egg mixture into each ramekin. (Do not overfill.)
Place ramekins on baking sheet; bake 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Garnish, if desired.
Mary Janes, or children’s shoes with a strap over the instep that fastens with a buckle or button, go back to the early 20th century when they were fashionable footwear for both boys and girls.
Celebrity Foot Focus
Because small feet were considered more ladylike, Rita Hayworth squeezed her feet into children’s shoes to make her footprints at the TLC Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) in 1942.
Joke of the Month:
Dad: “Can I see your report card, son?”
Son: “I don’t have it.”
Son: “I gave it to my friend. He wanted to scare his parents.”
We are born with arches, and our feet flatten as we grow older.
Answer: B False
Although our feet can flatten as a result of fallen arches as we age, we do not actually have arches when we are born. Babies only develop these later in life, and adults lose them by not wearing the right footwear.
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