Feet Check for Diabetics

Feet Check Will Detect Feet UlcersIt is a scary and troubling fact that people with diabetes are 15 times more likely to require a possible amputation. These amputation surely applies to your feet. More and more people with diabetes can receive feet checks in hospitals around the world.

According to Diabetes.org, in the United States alone, approximately 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. This statistics was recorded in 2010. Of this number, approximately 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people with diagnosed diabetes.

Diabetes  is the leading cause of lower-limb amputation. Diabetes reduces the amount of blood reaching the feet. This lack of blood leads to a loss of sensation in your feet. This lost of feeling often leads to bigger problems such as: injuries, ulcers, infection and ultimately gangrene. Gangrene is known to be the ultimate case and can be avoided with preventive care. Early detection is paramount.

“CPR for Feet” in Scotland – Feet Check

This new feet check is called “CPR for Feet”. It is aimed at identifying any diabetic patients with a foot ulcer or patients who are facing the risks to develop foot ulcers. When doing feet checks, the physician will be doing the following functions:

Check – When a patient with diabetes is admitted to hospital their feet should be checked for any existing foot ulcers.

Protect – If a patient has had a previous foot problem or is at risk of developing a foot problem  care should be taken to protect the patient’s feet.

Refer – Patients who have a current foot ulcer and those at high risk of developing a foot ulcer during their stay in hospital should be referred to the Podiatry Department.

Doctors in Scotland and even around the world are adamant that the impact of having a limb amputated can be devastating and can dramatically change someone’s life. However in many cases this is avoidable.

“That is why we are so committed to ensuring that people with diabetes have access to the best possible care so that the risks of amputation are minimized. The diabetes community have already made great progress – more people than ever before are now getting their feet checked and access to the care and support they need, stated Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson.

Matheson further added: “The new ‘CPR for Feet’ – Feet Check program will offer new foot care  checks in hospital to everyone with a diagnosis of diabetes to determine their risk of developing foot disease, and gives them the information and support that they need to reduce that risk.”

The feet checks have existed in Scotland since 2013 and continue to flourish. One patient, 48 years-old Iain Bone from Glasgow was diagnosed with diabetes 18 years ago. He experienced multiple complications from his illness. Complications such as serious damage to his nerve system and infected ulcers on his feet occurred in the past. In September 2010 Iain had surgery to remove two toes and improve the blood flow to his foot, without which clinicians say he would have lost his foot. In a press statement he says:”One morning I woke up and noticed an ulcer on my heel. I went to the chiropodist straight away and they tried to get it to heal over the next few weeks.”

However it wouldn’t heal due to the lack of a blood supply in the foot caused by diabetes. Iain then developed a second ulcer on his foot, which was not healing either and both ulcers became infected.

“Having two toes removed was a much better outcome than where I was heading at that point. I’m just so pleased that everything is back on track.”

He now checks his feet every day.

Feet Checks

According to Diabetes UK, it is estimated that Scotland is well ahead of the rest of the UK with regards to Footcare for diabetic.

Globally, it is agreed amongst physicians for people with diabetes to check their own feet every day and to seek immediate medical advice if they notice:

  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color;
  • Sores or cuts that do not heal;
  • Skin  that feels hot to touch; and
  • Difficulty in moving the foot

These could all indicate poor circulation, an infection, the early stages of an ulcer or gangrene.

 

Seniors Need Regular Podiatrist Check-Ups

As we get older, we tend to develop certain systemic conditions such as diabetes or any other vascular diseases. These conditions can develop into further complications in our extremities. Therefore, regular podiatrist check-ups are a necessity.

Podiatrist Check-Ups for SeniorsOne of the symptoms noted with people suffering from diabetes is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a symptom of diabetes where people loses the sensation in their feet. This loss of sensation will affect proper walking and their balance. This loss of balance will further results in unwanted falls.

According to Dr. John Dailey, from the Missouri Foot & Ankle Institute in Washington, MO, seniors must be aware of circulation problems in their extremities. He further explains these circulatory problems can also cause injuries. An insufficient blood supply will result in ulcerated and painful conditions. This low blood supply will slow down the healing process.

“Usually, older patients see me when a problem has occurred, but preventive care would be better,” Dailey says. “Billions of dollars were spent last year on treating conditions of the lower extremities as a result of diabetes. Good preventive care could save money and help people avoid pain and suffering.”

Dailey is quick at stating that seniors need frequent and regular podiatric check-ups with their family doctors. His prescribed preventive regimen enhance the senior’s well-being while quickly finding out what is wrong. His regular check-ups enbles seniors to find out ahead what are the cause of poor circulation or imbalance when walking.

Regular Podiatrist Check-Ups Are A Necessity

“I suggest everyone see a podiatrist for a preventive exam, just like you would see your primary-care physician on a regular basis,” he says. “Those who have health conditions should be checked twice a year. We may take x-rays, examine how you walk, and make sure you’re wearing appropriate shoes, says Dailey.”

There is no doubt senior’s feet need regular exams. In a way their feet can tell what other things may be going wrong. Visit your podiatrist or local family doctor today and ensure your feet are healthy and nothing else is wrong.

Improve the Circulation in Your Feet and Ankles

It is a common thing nowadays that people in our society have circulation problems affecting their feet and ankles. They are bound to swell because of the poor circulation taking place. In addition someone with poor circulation will feel their extremities to be cold or feeling a tingling in their feet. Those sensations are caused by a few factors like someone with a high blood pressure, someone who previously had a heart attack or diabetics. Improving the circulation in your feet and ankles can make a huge difference if you apply some of the tips listed below:

1. Raising your feet.

Raising your feet can help immensely if you have poor circulation to your feet and ankles. If you remember when injuring a limb, they always say to elevate as part of the R.I.C.E. preventive measure. The “E” is for elevate to promote circulation. The same goes if you have a general case of bad circulation.

2. Be Active.

It’s never easy to be active when someone has poor circulation issues in their feet or ankles. An effort must be made to at least walk and get the blood flowing. Walking daily will indeed increase ciirculation in your lower extremities. If the weather doesn’t permit, visit your local gym and simply walk on the treadmill while listening to your favorite tunes. For those working in a standing position most of their days, walking on the spot or back and forth will aleviate this problem. If you are really restrained in your workplace for movements, try to move the toes and if you are behind a desk, remove your shoes as well.

3. Wearing Comfortable Socks.

Socks may not seem a problem to circulation but they are. It is known that tight socks can cut off the circulation in your feet and ankles. When shopping for socks look for that elastic band at the top of the sock to see how small it is. If it looks tight, then it probably is and the sock will leave some marks around your lower leg meaning, it is cutting some circulation of the blood flow. A tight sock will increase the chance of cold feet because of the circulation it prevents.

4. Sit with your Legs Uncrossed.

This may not always be possible for women, but as much as you can ensure you sit with your legs uncrossed. Crossing your legs will cut the circulation in your legs and eventually in your feet. If you are sitting with your legs and you are feeling a tingling in your feet, it is a sign that circulation is being cut off somewhere and you need to uncross.

5. Wearing of support Stockings.

By wearing support stockings, you will improve the circulation in your wholeg and feet. The support stocking is designed to help the blood flow. So if you can procure yourself those stockings. Not only your legs will feel better but your heart too.

Massaging Upward Improves the Blood Flow to the Heart6. Self-Massage Your Legs

If you start feeling some tingling or even some coldness in your feet, massge your legs like around the calf muscle. Simply massage in a upward motion which will help improve the circulation in the direction the blood flows towards your heart.

7. Break your inactivity

You could be stuck in a situation where you will be inactive, stationnary and not much room to move or go anywhere, like on a plane, bus or even as a security guard. You should get up, circumstances permitting once an hour and walk around the length of aircraft or near your workstation. This will increase the blood flow and your legs will feel much better.

A reminder that this article is only tips and advices that are researched and true. In no way are we doctors prescribing those measures for your blood flow problems. if you are suffering from poor circulation, you should still see your physician and get the whole story on the why’s and how you can remedy the situation.