Diabetes is a serious disease that can develop from lack of insulin production in the body!

Proper Footcare For Those With Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease that can develop from lack of insulin production in the body or due to the inability of the body’s insulin to perform its normal everyday functions.

Insulin is a substance produced by the pancreas gland that helps process the food we eat and turn it into energy.

Diabetes affects approximately 16 million Americans and is classified into 2 different types:

There’s , Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is usually associated with juvenile diabetes and is often linked to heredity.

Type 2, commonly referred to as adult onset diabetes, is characterized by elevated blood sugars, often in people who are overweight or have not attended to their diet properly.

Many complications can be associated with diabetes.

Diabetes disrupts the vascular system, affecting many areas of the body such as the eyes, kidneys, legs, and feet.

People with diabetes should pay special attention to their feet.

NEUROPATHY

Of the sixteen million Americans with diabetes, 25% will develop foot problems related to the disease.

Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and neuropathy.

Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat, and cold.

Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity.

If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation.

Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot Feet.

It is very important for diabetics to take the necessary precautions to prevent all foot related injuries.

Due to the consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical.

When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative footcare measures, he or she reduces the risks of serious foot conditions.

POOR CIRCULATION

Diabetes often leads to peripheral vascular disease that inhibits a person’s blood circulation.

With this condition, there is a narrowing of the arteries that frequently leads to significantly decreased circulation in the lower part of the legs and the feet.

Poor circulation contributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and other tissue, causing injuries to heal poorly.

Poor circulation can also lead to swelling and dryness of the foot.

Preventing foot complications is more critical for the diabetic patient because poor circulation impairs the healing process and can lead to ulcers, infection, and other serious foot conditions.

TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

Footwear and orthotics play an important role in diabetic footcare.

Orthotics designed with Plastazote foam, the #1 material for protecting the insensitive diabetic foot, are usually recommended.

Plastazote is a material designed to accommodate pressure “hot spots” by conforming to heat and pressure.

By customizing to the foot, Plastazote provides the comfort and protection needed in diabetic footcare.

Footwear constructed with Plastazote is also recommended frequently for the diabetic patient. Diabetic footwear should also provide the following protective benefits:

If you are a diabetic, you should be particularly alert to any problems you may be having with your feet.

It is very important for diabetics with neuropathy to take necessary precautions to prevent injury and keep their feet healthy.

If you have diabetes and are experiencing a foot problem, immediately consult your foot doctor.

FOOTCARE & DIABETES

Proper footcare is especially critical for diabetics because they are prone to foot problems such as:

  • Loss of feeling in their feet
  • Changes in the shape of their feet
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal

Simple daily footcare can prevent serious problems.

According to the National Institute of Health, the following simple everyday steps will help prevent serious complications from diabetes:

  1. Take Care of Your Diabetes: Make healthy lifestyle choices to keep your blood sugar close to normal.
  2. Work with your health care team to create a diabetes plan that   fits   your lifestyle characteristics.
  3. Check Your Feet Every Day: You may have foot problems that you may not be aware of. Check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, or infected toenails.
  4. Checking your feet should become part of your daily routine. If you have trouble bending over to see your feet, use a plastic mirror to help. You can also ask a family member to help you. Important Reminder: Be sure to call your doctor immediately if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not heal after one day.
  5. Wash Your Feet Every Day: Wash your feet in warm, NOT HOT, water. Do not soak your feet because your skin will get dry. Before bathing or showering, test the water to make sure it is not too hot. You should use a thermometer or your elbow. Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between your toes. Use talcum powder to keep the skin dry between the toes.
  6. Keep the Skin Soft and Smooth: Rub a thin coat of skin lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of the feet. Do not put lotion between your toes, because this might cause infection.
  7. Wear Shoes and Socks At All Times:
  8. Wear shoes and socks at all times.
  9. Do not walk barefoot, not even indoors. It is extremely easy to step on something and hurt your feet.
  10. Always wear seamless socks, stockings, and nylons with your shoes to help avoid the possibility of blisters and sores developing.
  11. Be sure to choose seamless socks that are made of materials that wick moisture away from your feet and absorb shock and shear.
  12. Socks made of these materials help keep your feet dry. Always check the insides of your shoes before putting them on. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no foreign objects in the shoe, such as pebbles. Wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
  13. Protect Your Feet From Hot and Cold:
  14. Always wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Put sunscreen on the tops of your feet for protection from the sun.
  15. Keep your feet away from radiators or open fires.
  16. DO NOT use hot water bottle or heating pads on your feet. If your feet are cold, wear seamless socks at night. Lined boots are good to keep your feet warm in the winter. Choose socks carefully.
  17. Please do not wear socks with seams or bumpy areas. Choose padded socks to protect your feet and make walking more comfortable. In cold weather, check your feet often to keep your feet warm avoid frostbite.
  18. Keep the Blood Flowing to Your Feet: Put your feet up when you are sitting. Wiggle your toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. Move your ankles up and down and in and out to improve blood flow in your feet and legs.DO NOT cross your legs for long periods of time.
  19. DO NOT wear tight socks, elastic, or rubber bands, or garters around your legs.
    No,  wearing restrictive footwear or foot products. Foot products that can cut off circulation to the feet, such as products with elastic, should not be worn by diabetics.
  20. DO NOT smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to your feet. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your health care team to lower it.
  21. Be More Active: Ask your doctor to plan an exercise program that is right for you. Walking, dancing, swimming, and bicycling are good forms of exercise that are easy on the feet. Avoid all activities that are hard on the feet, such as running and jumping. Always include a short warm-up or cool-down period. Wear protective walking or athletic shoes that fit well and offer good support.
  22. Communicate With Your Doctor: Ask your doctor to check the sense of feeling and pulses in your feet at least once a year. Ask your doctor to tell you immediately if you have serious foot problems. Ask your doctor for proper footcare tips and for the name of your local podiatrist

Yours in Good Health,

Trina Kincey ~ Integrative Health Coach ~ Owner of Get Real Wellness, LLC

In Conclusion,

Please let us help take care of your feet and here’s a special offer – for a limited time :

We will, give you 1 to 3 sets of these Plastazote inserts for FREE, when you purchase a pair of shoes from us!

These inserts are mandatory for the success of the diabetes program -then need to be changed every 4 months. 

You have a year supply!

Thank you,

 

Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | 909-215-1622 | heinleinron@yahoo.com

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About Ron Heinlein

WELCOME TO OUR COMPANY Health is the number one priority for any person but especially for a person who is a diabetic. Intake of proper foods creates better weight control and definitely helps control diabetes. We also want to create the proper health for your feet and that is done with proper footwear and proper inserts. The following information you’ll be reading is what is necessary to attain perfect health for your feet. Please allow us to get you fitted with the proper footwear and hopefully, with our help, you will be working your way to success in keeping the disease out of your feet. We, at DTF Co, can show you the proper footwear and the need to have the proper inserts to keep this diabetes out of your feet. Footwear can be fashionable (and we have that) but the ultimate purpose of the shoe is to control upper support and off-load any problems that you have on the top of your foot. If you are experiencing problems with the bottom of your feet, then it is the job of a proper, removable insert to correct them. Many people believe it is the shoe that solves all, or most, of the problems for diabetics or people with major foot problems, but that is not always the case. Off-loading requires three elements; corrections, added support and developing added circulation, to keep this disease out of your feet. Shoes for diabetics should not have inside seams to create irritation. First of all, the proper shoes need to be a Therapeutic/Comfort (please!) not Comfort shoes (which many diabetic suppliers furnish in this business today). Secondly, Customized Heat Moldable Plastazote Inserts are necessary. Besides great support, the other advantages of added off-loading will help you develop better balance for walking or running and the 2% increase in temperature of the bottom of your feet will aid in developing better circulation to keep the disease out of your feet. Think of the added pleasures and advantages in just one item. And, oh yes, these inserts are provided FREE by us when you purchase a pair of shoes - unbelievable!!!! Please take this blog seriously because if you were to spend a day with us, you would learn of the types of complications that develop from not wearing proper footwear and inserts … and by not taking care of your feet. You will then understand the importance of a proper Diet and the proper footwear to keep your feet healthy at all times. We have a saying in our company “try our two items and experience walking on a pillow with more added support than you have ever experienced.

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