The Doctor Is In: Steps to happy healthy feet

Published: Mar. 9, 2017 at 8:06 AM CST
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Research shows that diabetes often causes problems with feet and legs and these problems can be severe. But many serious problems can be prevented by taking good care of your feet and your health.

On the weekly segment, “The Doctor Is In,” owner of Happy Feet in Stevens Point and certified pedorthist, Steve Schultz, stopped in to discuss the connection of properly fitting footwear and healthy feet.

According to the CDC, in 2010, about 73,000 adults with diabetes had a leg or foot amputated. Amputations in adults with diabetes account for about 60% of the amputations of legs and feet not resulting from an injury, such as from a car crash.

The number one concern of footwear for diabetes are poor circulation and loss of sensations. A lack of proper for footwear can lead to sores and blisters. Diabetes reduces blood flow and can make it harder for the body to heal itself. “Maintaining healthy feet means maintaining a comfortable and mobile life. For the diabetic, it also means guarding against unwanted foot disease,” said Shultz.

Diabetes nerve damage can cause the person to no longer feel pain in their feet. Schultz said that is particularity dangerous. He said, “I see people that may not realize they have a wound or injury that needs treatment. And a lack of sensation can lead to the purchasing of wrong shoes which in return can cause sores or blisters. ”

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider or a podiatrist (foot doctor) right away.