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07 Sep '15

Diabetic Foot FAQs: Morton's Neuroma

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness, Orthopedic Shoes

Have you ever heard of a condition called Morton's Neuroma? It's a certain kind of foot condition which causes a great deal of pain around the ball of the foot. To give you a better idea of what Mortom's Neuroma is, take a look at some of the symptoms associated with it, what causes it and how it can be treated.

Symptoms: The most common symptom associated with Morton's Neuroma is of course pain around the ball of your foot. Some people describe the pain as if they are standing on top of a pebble or rock. Those with Morton's Neuroma may also experience numbness and excruciating pain between the third and fourth toes.

Causes: Many podiatrists believe that there is a link between the wearing of high-heeled shoes and the development of Morton's Neuroma. Some studies also indicate that there may be a link between Morton's Neuroma and those who participate in sports or exercises that involve jumping, running or long distance walking.

Treatment: Surgery is only necessary in extreme cases of Morton's Neuroma, which is why it should be treated early. If you are experiencing pain from a case of Morton's Neuroma, the best things you can do to relieve the pain is stop wearing high-heels and stop putting so much pressure on the balls of your feet. It's recommended you switch to a more comfortable lower heeled shoe that has a wider toe box and opt for low impact sports and physical activities. For added relief, you may even want to consider getting yourself a pair of orthopedic shoes. If you can't find a pair of shoes that match your unique fashion sense, you could also try some quality orthotic inserts. Arch supports and foot pads fit inside your shoe and help reduce pressure on the nerve. Slip them into your favorite pair of stylish shoes to instantly transform them into your own custom orthopedic shoes.

31 Aug '15

Diabetic Foot FAQs: A Quick Guide to Pes Planus (Flat Feet)

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness, Orthopedic Shoes

There are a wide variety of foot ailments and conditions which can impact a person's quality of living. Pes planus is a common foot condition in which the sole of the foot is flattened and the arch is minimal. Although its scientific name is pes planus, most people actually refer to this foot condition as “flatfoot”. If you or someone you know believe that you may suffer from pes planus, take a look at some of the symptoms associated with it, what causes it and what treatments or therapies are available for patients today.

Symptoms: Typically, symptoms experienced by those who have pes planus are frequent foot injuries, achy legs and heel pain.

Causes: Some medical professionals believe that certain cases of flatfoot might be inherited and others are usually the result of a condition such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. While less common, flatfoot can also be caused by a foot injury which changes the way you stand or walk. Both adults and children can be affected by flatfoot, although a child's longitudinal arch generally develops naturally around 3-5 years old.

Treatment: There really is no cure to a flatfoot and surgery is rarely needed to treat pes planus. Your physician will most likely inform you that the best way to relieve pain and discomfort caused by flatfoot is to wear a special pair of orthopedic shoes when possible, especially if you'll be standing for long periods of time. If you're concerned about fashion, no one even has to know that you're wearing a pair of orthotics. There are plenty of orthopedic shoes available today which are discreet, stylish and extra comfortable. Those who have flatfeet can also benefit from frequently stretching their arch and heel with an exercise band or rolling a water bottle with a bare foot when in extra pain.

Stop suffering from foot pain caused by flatfeet! Get a pair of structurally supportive orthopedic shoes to wear each day to relieve your pes planus.

24 Aug '15

Diabetic Foot FAQs: What you need to know about Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness, Orthopedic Shoes

If you're a runner or someone who works on their feet, you might be fairly familiar with a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. This foot problem is usually the main culprit for heel and foot pain in those who run or stand for long periods of time. To give you a better idea of what exactly Plantar Fasciitis is, here's everything you need to know about this common foot condition.

Symptoms – The symptoms associated with Plantar Fasciitis typically range from excruciating pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel to soreness near the arch of the foot.

Causes – Frequent long distance running or extended periods of time standing on your feet.

Treatment – Of course the best way to treat Plantar Fasciitis is to stay off of your feet throughout the day, but that's not always practical for everyone. If you can't bear to give up your favorite sport or have to be on your feet while working, it's recommended you invest in a pair of orthopedic shoes. If you don't like the style of orthopedic shoes, can't afford them at the moment or have to wear a specific type of shoe to work, you can also always add some orthopedic inserts to the work shoes you already have. In extreme cases, your physician might even recommend that you have surgery to prevent the Plantar Fasciitis from getting any worse. Other treatments provided by physicians include physical therapy, steroid shots and Extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

As you can see, Plantar Fasciitis is something that should be taken seriously and treated as soon as the pain appears. If your feet usually hurt after a run or a long day at work, begin treatment by taking the pressure off your heel with some orthopedic inserts. If you still experience heel pain, it's best to contact your physician for further advice.

19 Aug '15

Guidelines for Maintaining Healthy Blood Glucose Levels

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

By Donna G., R.N.

Carbohydrate is the nutrient in your food that affects your blood sugars the most. In fact, carbohydrates turn into 100% glucose which is the type of sugar in your blood. Most of the food we eat contains carbohydrates; therefore, most everything you eat will raise your blood sugar. The following food groups contain primarily carbohydrates: fruit and fruit juices, milk, breads, starches (including starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn), sweets, and regular sodas. It’s important to maintain portion size when choosing carbohydrates. As you plan your meals, use the following as a guideline to select the correct amount of carbohydrates.

1 Serving Size of Carbohydrate =

1 slice of bread
½ cup pasta
1/3 cup rice
½ cup potatoes
1 small apple
17 small grapes
½ cup juice
1 cup skim milk
¾ cup dry cereal
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup corn
½ cup beans/peas
½ cup canned fruit (light or in own juice)

Protein foods do not affect your blood sugar like carbohydrates. However, it is important to consume these foods in moderation to prevent unwanted weight gain and high cholesterol. One serving of meat, fish, or poultry is 2-3 ounces, approximately the size of a deck of cards. Eggs, nuts, seeds, tofu, and cheese are also sources of protein. Choose lean cuts of meat and trim/skin fat from chicken and meats.

Fat does not necessarily cause your blood sugar to rise; however, it does slow down the digestion process. This means that if you eat a high fat meal containing carbohydrates you may not experience a high blood sugar at the time, but a few hours later you will see your blood sugar rise. A person with diabetes is at greater risk for heart disease, so it is important to follow a low-fat diet.

General Tips for Healthy Eating

  • Eat regularly scheduled meals
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Measure portion sizes
  • Males can choose 4-5 carbohydrate choices for meals
  • Females should chose 3-4 carbohydrate choices for meals
  • Choose more non-starchy vegetables (lettuce, tomato, carrots, greens, green beans, broccoli, etc.)
  • Choose a low-fat/low sodium diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Diabetics should check his/her blood sugars

Have a great week!

Warmest Regards,

Donna

17 Aug '15

Essential Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

1. Eat what you like
          You can still enjoy the foods that you like, but you need to know how your favorite foods will affect your blood sugar. Counting carbohydrates, monitoring portion sizes, and checking labels will allow you to enjoy your favorite meals will managing your symptoms.

2. Divide your plate
            Use the rule of three. Divide your plate in half. Fill one side with non-starchy vegetables like carrots or broccoli. Then divide the other half into quarters. Use one quarter for starchy foods like potatoes, rice or pasta and the other for meat or another source of protein. You can also have 1/2 a cup of fruit and a cup of low-fat milk.

3. Keep a journal
             Record your blood sugar levels, as well as your food intake, exercise level and medications. These all affect your blood sugar levels and A1c test results. Include your goals and feelings to help stay focused, and use it as a source of accurate information to provide to your doctor.

4. Plan for being sick
            Common illnesses and stress can raise your blood sugar level. Having diabetes makes it harder to fight off an infection. Keep snacks available that are easy on the stomach but can provide the carbohydrates and fluid your body needs, and check your blood sugar more frequently.

5. Keep extra supplies
            Make sure to keep at least three days’ supply of medications in case of an emergency. Maintain a list of everything including non-prescription medications, and share this list with your doctor.

6. Stay Active
          Did you know that stress can actually raise your blood sugar levels? Stress may also contribute to poor food choices. Get moving and feel better. Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Grab your sneakers and head out for a walk in the park or better yet, grab a partner and try out some new dance moves.

7. Exercise
          Exercise does not have to be long and tiring. Three ten-minute walks are as good as walking for 30 minutes. If time is a restraint, don’t hold out for long blocks of time. Moderate physical activity will help you to lower your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and maintain blood sugar, and as an added bonus, exercise reduces stress levels.

8. Strength Training
             Resistance training helps in the prevention of muscle loss. Studies suggest that strength training also improves how your body uses sugar and insulin. If you are one of the many who is intimidated at the thought of going to a gym, you can do numerous strength training exercises in the comfort of your home with a simple set of dumb bells. You can even make your own by filling two water bottles with sand. Strength training can also help you lose weight!

9. Baby your feet
             Wear properly fitting shoes is imperative! Also check daily for swelling, cuts, or a change in color to your feet. Moisturize your feet daily and keep your toenails trimmed. Call your doctor immediately if you see unhealed cuts or broken skin.

10. Stop Smoking
             Diabetics who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease. If you are a smoker with diabetes, quitting smoking will benefit your health right away. People with diabetes who quit have better control of their blood sugar levels.

http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/take-control-15/slideshow-essential-manage-diabetes