Diabetic Foot Care

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
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A Comprehensive Guide to Foot Care for Diabetes Patients and Their Caregivers People with diabetes often experience a myriad of complications, but some of the most devastating troubles occur in the feet. Maintaining proper foot care is crucial to ensuring optimal foot health and avoiding more serious problems such as hospitalization, chronic wound care, and amputation. Whether you have diabetes or are caring for someone with this disease, Diabetic Foot Care provides everything you need to know to keep feet strong and healthy while living with diabetes. In addition to a basic overview of diabetes and common foot problems related to diabetes, Diabetic Foot Care also includes: " Basic care for feet's skin and nails " Tips on the best shoes and socks for a comfortable fit " Safe exercise and diet tips to promote foot health " Guide to finding and seeing a doctor " Overview of medications for specific foot problems

Author Biography

Erik Hanson works at the Alzheimer's Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he does technical writing and has done experimental work on neuroscience. During his work at Regions Hospital, Erik has written on Alzheimer's disease (sometimes termed type III diabetes because nerve cells in the brain are unable to readily use glucose) and the effects of deferoxamine as a neuroprotective treatment. Erik lives in the Minneapolis area. Roy Moeller received his DPM from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He did his podiatric surgical residency in southwest Minnesota based out of the Windom Area Hospital. He has been a podiatrist in private practice since 1986, serving the western suburbs of the Twin Cities with offices in Chanhassen and Edina.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?p. 1
The Role of the Pancreas and the Liverp. 1
Age, Weight, and Inflammationp. 2
Changes in Blood Vessels, Hormones, and Nervesp. 2
Types of Foot Problems Linked to Diabetesp. 5
Nerve and Blood Flow Problemsp. 5
Calluses and Other Problems with Skin or Nailsp. 7
Changes in the Bones and Joints of the Feetp. 8
Ulcers and Infectionsp. 9
Basic Care for Your Feet's Skin, Nails, Shoes, and Socksp. 11
Maintaining Your Skin and Nailsp. 11
Specialized Shoes and Types of Socksp. 12
Customized and Non-Customized Shoe Insertsp. 13
Exercising Safely and Managing Your Diet for Your Feetp. 15
Walking and Other Forms of Exercisep. 15
Following a Healthy Dietp. 20
Avoiding Problems with Dietary Supplementsp. 21
Seeing and Finding a Doctorp. 25
Seeing a Podiatristp. 25
Getting Referrals to Other Doctorsp. 26
Getting Follow-Up Help with Self-Managementp. 26
Problems in Your Feet with Nerves, Blood Flow, and Bonesp. 29
Keeping Track of Your Symptomsp. 29
Diagnosing and Recognizing Blood Flow Problemsp. 30
Diagnosing and Recognizing Nerve Problemsp. 32
Charcot Foot Disease, Osteomyelitis, and Other Bone Problemsp. 34
Managing Foot Pain with Medicationsp. 37
Tricyclic Antidepressants and Newer Antidepressants for Pain Reliefp. 37
Anticonvulsants and Anesthetics for Pain Reliefp. 40
Considering Opiates for Pain Reliefp. 40
Combinations and Other Medicationsp. 41
Understanding Medications for Specific Foot Problemsp. 43
Medications for Improving Blood Flowp. 43
Treating Heart Disease and High Blood Pressurep. 45
Blood Sugar Control in Relation to the Feetp. 47
Treating and Preventing Foot Ulcers and Infectionsp. 49
When Is a Foot Wound An Ulcer?p. 49
Types of Ulcersp. 49
Devices That Take Pressure Off Ulcers or Callusesp. 51
Diagnosing and Treating Osteomyelitis and Other Infectionsp. 52
Procedures for Treating and Preventing Foot Ulcersp. 54
Surgical Treatments for Foot Problemsp. 57
Procedures for Restoring Blood Flowp. 57
Surgeries for Correcting Bone Deformitiesp. 60
Surgeries for Charcot Foot Disease and Osteomyelitisp. 62
Looking Forward to New Approaches and Advancesp. 63
Artificial Skin Substitutes and Stem Cellsp. 63
Growth Factorsp. 64
New Medications, Procedures, and Prevention Strategiesp. 64
Bibliographyp. 67
Resourcesp. 79
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