Roselle Hartsfield has lived with diabetes for over 34 years. Although there have been many advances in diabetes treatment, those with the condition still need to pay close attention to their health. The East Orange, NJ resident is a mother to seven, grandmother to fifteen, and great-grandmother to seven; being able to be there for her family makes maintaining Hartsfield’s health even more important to her.
“I have glaucoma in my eyes and two years ago, two of my toes got so badly infected that I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber for 39 days to avoid amputation,” she said. Complications such as amputation and dialysis are feared by the 84 year old. Hartsfield hopes to avoid these conditions for as long as she can.
Diabetes is a very serious condition that can result in amputation or worse if left untreated. If you are diabetic, visit podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can treat your diabetic feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
– Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
– Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
– Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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