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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Foot (Overview)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good foot care a priority.


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Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Perhaps: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. When it gets to the level of the knee you start to get the loss of sensation in the tips of the finger ANS then the hand, . ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
670 doctors shared insights

Diabetic Foot (Overview)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good foot care a priority.


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Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing. ...Read more

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Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Yes: If cause of ulcer is properly addressed and there is adequate circulation, absence of infection, adequate health/nutrition as well as proper offloading /eliminating excessive pressure on area. ...Read more

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Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Numb Diabetic Feet: We have found in our podiatry clinic that there is a lot of variability in levels of severity of diabetic neuropathy and symptoms also vary but mostly early symptoms of numbness, stabbing, burning, tingling and electric shocks that are recurrent when resting seem to be correlating with fasting blood sugar levels. Symptoms are less when patients have good sugar control; you should strive for this. ...Read more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between your toes after your shower or bath
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Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
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Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist if symptoms persist or do not improve
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What are diabetic foot infections?

What are diabetic foot infections?

Diabetic foot infect: The diabetic can develop ulcers in the foot that can get colonized with bacteria and infected easily. The ability of the diabetic to heal is compromised. Often, these ulcers are colonized with more than one type of bacteria. The level of infection can advance (become deeper) very quickly and then muscle, tendon and bone become exposed creating further treatment challenges. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic type 2, 38 yo male. No meds - on diet/workout. Regular bg levels are ok. Latest hba1c1 is 5.7 can diabetic foot develop? What symptoms?

I'm diabetic type 2, 38 yo male. No meds - on diet/workout. Regular bg levels are ok. Latest hba1c1 is 5.7 can diabetic foot develop? What  symptoms?

See a Podiatrist.: Diabetics are more likely to develop foot problems the longer they are diabetic and if their sugar is not well controlled. Foot problems related to diabetes are usually caused by nerve damage (Neuropathy) and bad circulation or a decrease in blood flow to the feet/toes. See a local Podiatrist for a complete base line check up and instructions on proper preventative diabetic foot care. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Foot drop shoes

Foot drop shoes

Foot Drop Shoes: The only shoe type I have ever found useless for some of my patients with drop foot is some stable heel. Since it is hard to lift your foot past ankle neutral, the heel makes it easier to move from heel lift to propulsion. For a guy, probably cowboy boots would be the best, or dansko clog type shoes. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

Very: This is very common especially in diabetics with neuropathy. Since they have no feeling in their feet, they are prone to break down. Proper shoe wear and seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis is a must! ...Read more

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Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Unfortunately yes: If you have a diabetic ulcer your risk of more goes up it indicates multiple problems that will need to be addressed to decrease the risk of more as well as protecting your circulation eyes and kidneys. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Neuropathy pain: Often times diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes burning, tingling, and even shooting pains. Nighttime is usually most severe. First step in treatment is blood glucose control. Topical creams and gels have shown positive results. Keep in mind that the cause of nerve injury in diabetes is unknown, therefore, treatment is not specific. Your physicians should be able to provide guidance. ...Read more

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Diabetic neuropathy ? Especially in the feet and toes.

Diabetic neuropathy ? Especially in the feet and toes.

Multiple factors: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. ...Read more

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How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

Signs of Infection: Redness extending around the wound and either going up in a streaking pattern or circumferential around the wound, hot in the same area of the redness, swollen foot/limb, loss of function, severe pain (when normally you shouldn't feel pain b/c of the neuropathy) malodor and water or pus type of drainage. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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Athlete's foot on r foot between 2 toes (gone), and now athlete's foot on L foot between 2 toes. Does this mean diabetes?

Athlete's foot on r foot between 2 toes (gone), and now athlete's foot on L foot between 2 toes. Does this mean diabetes?

Not Quite.: Having an athletes foot infection does constitute a diagnosis of diabetes. To remove all doubt, consult with a family physician for clarification. ...Read more