Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make Sure Wedded Bliss Doesn't Spell Agony for Your Feet

Are you taking a walk down the aisle anytime soon? Invited to a wedding where you plan to dance all night? Make sure you say “I do” to wearing appropriate foot wear for the occasion – and your feet will thank you.

If you are the one making the trip down the aisle, don’t make your shoes your ‘something new’ for the day. Take some time to break in new shoes prior to your wedding day. Wear them around for the length of time you would be wearing them on that particular day to put them to the comfort test (and acclimate your feet to them). If they are not comfortable enough to wear for as long as you would want them to, you may want to consider getting two pairs – one fancier pair to make it through the ceremony and formal photos, and another more comfortable pair to kick up your heels in at your reception. Flip flops tend to be a popular reception shoe, but most do not provide much in terms of support. And if you are wearing a long gown, flip flops might prove a tripping hazard.

Also, if you are the bride, you may want to suggest that your bridesmaids change into more comfy shoes at the reception so you will have more company on the dance floor as you dance the night away.

If you are a guest to a friend or family member’s nuptials, do not overlook comfort when selecting your footwear – particularly if you plan to join the bride and groom on the dance floor for much of the evening. There are numerous styles of formal footwear that you could choose that would provide both the necessary support and the welcome comfort to ensure that your feet will be feelin’ fine.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Importance of Consistent Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes runs in my family. Maybe that is why I have taken a particular interest in diabetic foot care, because for me it is personal.

If you are diabetic and reading this article in one of our offices, kudos to you for making regular visits to a podiatrist part of your diabetes management plan. But please keep reading - there is much you can do to help yourself and others with diabetic foot care.

Anyone with diabetes, regardless of whether they are experiencing any foot problems at the time, should receive an annual foot exam to help identify any potential changes in the condition of their foot. But they should be looking at their feet - or asking a caregiver or loved one to look at their feet - on a daily basis to be alerted to any injury or change in condition that would require a call or visit to the podiatrist. Remember that with diabetes comes a possible decrease in circulation in your feet and possible nerve damage, resulting in a loss of sensation in the feet. This sensation would normally serve as the body’s warning if an injury or ulcer were to develop.

If you know someone who is diabetic that has not had a foot exam in the last year, please encourage him or her to call our office and schedule an appointment. Share with them the knowledge that annual foot exams should be an integral part of their diabetes management plan, and that their podiatrist should be a valuable member of their health care team.

Thank you for trusting your foot and ankle care to Community Foot Specialists.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dismissing Diabetes Diet Myths: #1 - Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes

It is no secret that living with diabetes means you may have to change your eating habits and possibly cut back on certain foods to manage the condition. But there are a number of ‘diabetes diet’ myths out there that simply aren’t true. Let’s lay one to rest today.

#1: Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes – The amount of sugar you consume is unlikely to cause diabetes on its own. Diabetes occurs when your body’s ability to turn food into energy is disrupted. The body is supposed to break down the food you eat into glucose, which is a type of sugar needed to power the cells of the body. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which helps cells utilize glucose for fuel. In Type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. This usually occurs in children or young people, and is thought to occur as a result of something happening with the immune system. In Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas either does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work properly. In some instances it is both. Type 2 Diabetes can occur in people of any age, although being overweight increases risk. Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy for some women when hormone changes prevent insulin from working properly. While the condition may resolve after the birth of the child, those with gestational diabetes usually need to take insulin.

Essentially, it is important to note that it is not the amount of sugar that’s to blame – it is the body’s ability to metabolize that sugar properly and turn it into energy that is the problem. So while eating sugar won’t cause diabetes, when you are at risk for diabetes or when you have diabetes, it is important to limit your sugar intake somewhat.