Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh
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Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh
c/o Nigro Ankle and Foot Care
1601 Union Ave. Suite B
Natrona Heights PA 15065

Diabetes and Foot Care

Diabetes Overview

When someone has diabetes, it means that person's blood sugar level is too high. The body needs sugar in its blood for energy, but too much sugar in the blood is not healthy. Having diabetes can lead to vision loss, high blood pressure and foot problems.

The risk of getting diabetes increases as you age, gain weight or are inactive. Other risk factors are:

  • High blood pressure (140/90 or above)
  • A family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes while pregnant
  • Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

To lower your risk for diabetes, here are some prevention pointers:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay active
  • Eat low fat foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Don't smoke
  • Get yearly eye examinations

Contact your doctor if you experience these warning signs:

  • Frequent unination
  • Losing weight without dieting
  • Being very thirsty

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetics need to take special precautions with their feet. People with diabetes can lose feeling in their feet and are more susceptible to injury. Once they have a sore or wound, diabetics have a longer healing time. To prevent damage, such as ulcers and infections, patients with diabetes should wear cushioned, athletic, walking or casual shoes with good arch support.

What's more, people with diabetes should check their feet on a daily basis and have regular examinations by a podiatrist.