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Chicago, IL 60614
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Diabetes Affects The Whole Person
Healing from a wound requires good nutrition that includes fruits, vegetables and water. There is a growing interest in wellness concepts. Good quality health begins with basics. Alternative treatments are interesting to consider. But it is always prudent to consider the science behind these alternative methods of treating.
The Weintraub Study (Static magnetic field study for symptomatic diabetic neuropathy: a double blind placebo controlled trial; Michael Weintraub et al; Arch. Phys. Med. Rehab. Vol. 84, May 2003) evaluated the effect of Nikken magnetic insoles on the diabetic neuropathy. This is a valid study (double blind placebo controlled). Results were significant improvement in severe pain, burning and numbness.
Cold feet, can''t sleep at night; never comfortable?
Patients often suffer from cold feet and legs. Sometimes they are told it is poor circulation but are rarely offered any help. Consider fabric that reflect far infrared energy. Nikken has socks, comforters, even beds that have this comforting material that was developed by NASA for the astronauts suits. For more information, go to www.nikken.com/footwellness and read the research on magnetic and infrared technology as well their other products. Nikken is the largest wellness company in the world with the original concept of a Wellness Home. Read about it. Then decide.
Healthy relationships even a couple makes a difference in your foot health. Having people in your life whom you care for and who care about you raises your expectations for a healthy life. Being happy makes it easier for you to take care of yourself including your feet.
Take care of your eyes. Your eyesight is important even for the well being of your feet, your lifestyle, nutrition and exercise. Period exams to an opthmalogist is important.
Your dental health is important for nutrition. Even heart problems havge recently been associated with dental health. If you don’t eat well, especially fruits and vegetables, you will not have optimal health and healing.
Once an area has had an ulceration it has scar tissue. The scar tissue is never quite as good or as pliable as the pre-diabetic state. It is easier to develop an ulceration again. It is essential to address and correct the contributing causes.
Periodic visits with a podiatrist or physican skilled and interested in early detection and treatment of foot deformities and infections in diabetic patients. Letting problems go, or” keeping an eye on it” is not the current recommendation by the American Podiatry Association or the American Wound Care Association.
Healthy Diabetic Foot: Preventing Tragedy
1. The most important goal is intact skin.
2. Wear shoes that fit well and give cushioning and support
3. Wash your feet and inspect them.
4. Early treatment of blisters and cuts
5. Strict control of your diabetes. Listen and follow your doctor’s diabetic regimen. Take your medications. If your blood sugar is hard to control, consider an infection somewhere.