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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 30, 2017

Diabetes can be taxing on those who suffer with the condition. People who suffer from diabetes have to watch what they eat, track their blood sugar, monitor their exercise regimen, and constantly check in with their physician and specialists to make sure that they are doing everything they can to keep their disorder under control, as well as to help prevent other disorders from cropping up. Diabetes can be hard to live with and should be treated delicately. People with diabetes should be especially aware of the importance of taking care of their feet. It is well known in the world of podiatry that those who suffer from diabetes also suffer from foot disorders caused by diabetes.

Peripheral neuropathy causes reduced feeling or numbness in the foot. If someone loses feeling or experiences numbness in their foot, then that means it can be harder for them to recognize when they have another foot related injury or the beginning of a foot or ankle problem. These unknown ulcers, wounds, lesions and infections can grow and lead to permanent foot and tissue damage. If they are not caught early enough they can even lead to partial amputation of the foot.

Keep Your Eyes Open

It is important for people with diabetes to screen for this disorder and other foot related disorders linked to diabetes. Podiatrists like Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan, use a medical device that looks similar to a toothbrush and brush it along certain parts of the foot while asking the patient what they feel. This screening allows the podiatrist to see how much feeling a patient has left in their foot and whether or not it has decreased from their last visit.

Outlook

Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy is not reversible, but if it is caught early on it is manageable. Physical therapy can help but is not a cure for the disease. Investing in the right kind of shoes and orthotics has been known to help slow down the progression of the disease. It is important to continuously visit your podiatrist and check your feet regularly. In between visits it is helpful to ask family and friends to check your feet for any possible injuries if you are unable to do so yourself.

Are you still having problems even with these foot care tips and tricks? Do your feet ache, smell, or seem out of shape? It is time to see a podiatrist from Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you learn the best way to protect your working feet. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online to help. Your feet are our work.

 



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3408 West Rd (In Grange Plaza)
Trenton, MI 48183 -(734) 676-4664

2200 Monroe
Dearborn, MI 48124 - (313) 274-0990

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