Diabetic Foot Care with Dr. Krista Kutney
InterMountain Medical Group podiatrist Krista Kutney, DPM, stopped by the set of PA Live! on Wednesday, December 12 to discuss foot care for individuals with diabetes.
PA Live! features medical experts from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital each Wednesday as part of its recurring HealthBeat medical report.
Visit the PA Live! page on www.PAhomepage.com for a complete list of previous HealthBeat reports.
Dr. Kutney is now accepting new patients at her office at 239 South Mountain Boulevard, Suite 600, Mountain Top. For appointments or more information, please call 570-474-9300.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the inability of the body to manufacture or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body's ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar can lead to serious damage to the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet. Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States and nearly seven million don't even know they have the disease.
What are some warning signs of diabetes in the lower limbs?
- Skin color changes
- Swelling of the foot or ankle
- Numbness in the feet or toes
- Pain in the legs
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
- Ingrown and fungal toenails
- Bleeding corns and calluses
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel
What can diabetics do to protect their foot-health?
- Check your feet and toes every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.
- Avoid socks with seams, which could rub and cause blisters or other skin injuries.
- Never walk barefoot, even inside your own home. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet from the risk of cuts and infection. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
- Be more active. Walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate fitting athletic shoes when exercising.
- Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself. Over-the-counter products can burn the skin and cause irreparable damage to the foot for people with diabetes.
- Finally…. Because diabetes is a disease affecting many parts of the body, successful management requires a team approach, beginning with an appointment to see your family doctor and regularly scheduled checkups by a podiatrist to ensure that your feet remain healthy.
For more information:
Watch Dr. Kutney on PA Live! (www.pahomepage.com)
Diagnosing Diabetes (Staywell health)
Foot Health from the American Podiatric Medical Associaiton