Austin, Texas (PRWEB) November 02, 2011
The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise toward record levels, with an estimated one in three adults predicted to have the disease by the year 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Because many serious complications from diabetes present themselves in the lower limbs, proper foot care for those with the disease is a vital step to keeping the disease in check.
Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, led by Dr. Craig Thomajan, is encouraging Austinites to follow some simple lifestyle recommendations that can go a long way toward long term health, including eating right, being active, monitoring blood glucose and checking one’s feet daily.
“Of all diabetes-related complications, a serious foot ulcer and subsequent amputation might be the most preventable with proper care and vigilance in checking the feet at least once a day for small cuts and other abrasions,” said Thomajan. “Even a few days can make a difference in avoiding serious foot problems from developing.”
Thomajan recommends that adults with diabetes take a minute or two every day to inspect their feet for redness, tingling and cuts that are not healing properly and may become infected. Taking this step and observing a few simple rules for diabetic foot care could make the difference in sparing a very common, yet preventable, outcome of the disease – foot amputation.
Following are some statistics relating to diabetes and foot health:
- 7 in 10 diabetes patients have nerve damage that impairs feeling in their feet
- 5% eventually will develop a foot ulcer, with one in four losing a foot
- Each year over 86,000 amputations are performed due to diabetes
Of equal importance is the involvement of a foot specialist in one’s diabetes management team. Just one visit to a podiatrist can drastically reduce the chance of a tragic diabetes-related amputation.
Here are some helpful foot health tips for individuals with diabetes:
- Each day examine feet for cuts and other small wounds
- Never walk barefoot, outdoors and indoors
- Cut nails carefully, straight across and not too short, and never trim corns and calluses
- Wash feet every day in lukewarm water and afterward dry carefully
- Choose comfortable shoes with adequate room for the toes
“As numbness often makes it difficult to feel sensation in the limbs, waiting for pain in the feet to detect problems is not an option if one has diabetes,” said Thomajan. “Diabetic foot complications are the leading cause of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the U.S., but they can be prevented with everyday care and guidance from a foot specialist.”
About Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists:
Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, led by Craig Thomajan, DPM, has established a reputation as Central Texas’ go-to resource for the treatment of a wide array of foot and ankle issues. Dr. Thomajan and his team of specialists offer the most innovative medical and surgical advancements available in the industry, backed by a commitment to the highest level of patient care. Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists serve family members of all ages, spanning from children with common growth plate or youth sports-induced pain to adults with discomfort resulting from athletics and everyday activities to mature adults facing diabetes-associated issues. Dr. Thomajan recently expanded his offerings with the opening of the Heel Pain Center of Central Texas, designed specifically to address one of the most commonly experienced, yet least treated of all foot disorders impacting competitive athletes and fitness novices alike. For more information, visit http://www.austinfootandankle.com.