ELLICOTT CITY, MD, January 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- With age you gain wisdom, knowledge and an appreciation for the simple things in life. But you probably don't appreciate any health problems, specifically diabetes. You're not as nimble as you used to be, and your diabetes diagnosis can make things a lot more complicated. With proper foot care, you can prevent or lessen diabetic foot problems. All it takes is a proactive mindset and lifestyle and the right podiatrist. In Ellicott City, Dr. John Murphy works with many patients who are living with diabetes.
"Practicing good foot care is something you should start from a young age. Once you first know you have diabetes, you need to gather your health care team and plan for the future. It's important to keep an eye out for any foot abnormalities," says Dr. Murphy, Ellicott City podiatrist.
If you check your feet regularly, you may catch diabetic foot problems early on, and they will be easier to treat. To combat further complications, you may need to alter your lifestyle to accommodate your diabetes. Dr. Murphy recommends you control your diabetes and develop better habits.
Control Your Diabetes
This is critical for your overall health. If you control your diabetes, you can keep your feet healthy. Don't let your blood glucose levels run rampant-that only creates more complications. Also, check your feet on a daily basis. Diabetes negatively affects your immune system, which means it's harder to fight off infection and heal skin abrasions. If you see red spots, cuts, swelling or blisters that cause you concern, contact your health care team as soon as possible. Your podiatrist can assess and properly treat flesh wounds on the feet.
Protect Your Feet
A simple exercise routine and comfortable, supportive shoes can do wonders. People with diabetes can have poor blood circulation in the feet. Exercise increases blood flow, which can help prevent ulcers and other skin changes. To protect your feet from injury, wear socks and comfortable shoes inside and outside of your house.
Diabetes & Neuropathy
Diabetes increases your risk of developing nerve issues, such as neuropathy. Neuropathy is a painful condition and symptoms include tingling, pain and numbness. If you lose feeling in your feet, you need to be very cautious. You don't want to injure your foot and not know about it. An infection can occur and make things worse. Also, neuropathy can lead to changes in the shape of your feet and toes. Dr. Murphy can provide you with customized therapeutic shoes.
You can't handle your diabetes all by yourself-it's a team effort. You need to stay in contact with your primary physician and podiatrist. They can recommend treatment plan for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center, call (410) 992-8504 or request an appointment through Dr. Murphy's website at www.mdpodc.com
. You can find resources for foot care and foot pain in Ellicott City on Dr. Murphy's website, and feel free to also check out www.diabetes.org
for information related to diabetes basics, food and fitness, living with diabetes and more news and research. Be proactive and get back that pep in your step!Media Contact:
Maryland Podiatry Center
Dr. John Murphy
3460 Ellicott Center Drive, Suite 103
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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