Examining Diabetic Foot Facts: Exactly How Serious Is the Condition, and How to Cope?

We often hear that diabetics need to “inspect their feet everyday”… but is it really necessary? How many people with diabetes really suffer from complications like the loss of sensation in their feet, diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and life-threatening infections? Aren’t amputations a thing of the past, given the advances in modern science? The makers of a UV shoe sanitizing device have compiled a few pertinent statistics that illustrate just what a serious issue diabetic foot health is.

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Daily foot inspections should be part of a diabetic’s everyday life.
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Foot Fungus & Other Skin Maladies: Should You DIY?

People will try just about anything to avoid going to the doctor. It’s natural to wonder, “Is taking so many medications really necessary… or are there cheap fixes that are just as effective?” You’ve probably had a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker share a story about an effective home remedy for acne, skin rashes, bee stings, or even foot fungus. The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have found there are pros and cons to a Do-It-Yourself approach to medicine.

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Home remedies using foods, herbs, and essential oils have been around for centuries.
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Antifungal Cream: Amazon Consumers’ Top Picks for Treating Foot Fungus

Two names stand out in the world of antifungal foot creams: Lotrimin and Lamisil. Lotramin uses prescription-strength Butenafine to treat athlete’s foot, whereas Lamisil uses prescription-strength terbinafine to treat foot fungus. If you have tried these medications and they did not work for you, there are a few other options that Amazon buyers say have provided favorable results.

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We look at some of the top picks for antifungal creams.
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Veterans & Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Review of Existing Research

More than 25% of veterans have been diagnosed with type II diabetes. That means 1 in 4 people receiving care at Veteran Administration (VA) hospitals are being treated for the disease. According to the U.S. government, service members who were exposed to Agent Orange have an increased risk of developing diabetes. Last year, the Detroit Free Press reported that the number of diabetes cases rose from 135,000 to nearly 323,000 in the past nine years. That’s more than 10% of the military personnel who went to Vietnam.

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Diabetes is the most prevalent disease among Vietnam veterans.
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In fact, more Vietnam vets are receiving compensation for diabetes than for any other health issue, including post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss, or general wounds. The average veteran receives about $3,000 for diabetes care alone. Along with diabetes comes the risk of diabetic foot ulcers, which occur when pressure causes breaks in the skin and those slow-healing wounds become infected.

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Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
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Foot Fungus and Fashion: Can You Contract Athlete’s Foot from Shoe Shopping?

Podiatrists are warning that shoe shopping has caused an uptick in cases of athlete’s foot and plantar warts. We’d all like to think that our feet have been the first to grace a brand new shoe off the shelf, but that’s wishful thinking. Seven out of ten women like to try before they buy shoes, so it’s very likely that not every shoe was a perfect fit.

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Most women try on several pairs of shoes before finding the ideal size, style and fit.
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Exploring the Power of UV Light: Types, Effects, and Utilization for Sanitization Purposes

We are all familiar with the term “UV light.” Most of us think of ultraviolet light in terms of sun exposure and sunburns. We understand that the earth’s ozone layer protects us from much of the radiation energy that the sun produces. Yet, we don’t often think of the beneficial effects of UV light — in our environment and upon every living organism.

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The sun’s powerful rays can be harnessed for a number of helpful applications.
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Examining the Popularity of Nameko Saibai: Japanese Game Makes Fungus Look Cute

“Cute” may not be the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of fungus — whether it’s foot fungus or edible mushrooms. Yet, Japanese game maker, Tokyo-based Beeworks, took a bold leap in revolutionizing the drab, ugly world of fungi for their smartphone app Nameko Saibai. In today’s post, find out what this smartphone app is and what makes it so popular. Also, learn what you can do if you’ve had a recent run-in with a real type of fungus that isn’t so cute.

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It’s hard to believe these cute characters are really just a type of fungus!

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Examining the Medical, Drug, and Work Loss Costs of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Healthcare cost in America has been a hot topic in the news for the past several years, as our nation’s leaders look at ways to curb expenses and make top-level care more affordable for the masses. At the very least, the economic burden of diabetes-related complications should remain a motivator for individuals with the disease to strive toward careful health management.

Did you know that the average cost to heal a diabetic foot ulcer is $8,000? For a wound that has become infected, this number skyrockets up to $17,000, according to a report published in Clinical Diabetes, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association. Beyond the medical bills, the cost of diabetic foot ulcers to society is astronomical.

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Diabetic Foot Ulcers result from a complex interaction of multiple risk factors.

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Fungus Alert: The Importance of Making Sure Your Nail Spa Is Up to Code

There’s nothing like treating yourself to a day at the spa. A little bit of pampering can make a person feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, some manicure and pedicure salons can leave visitors with unwanted side effects that last weeks, months, or even years. Though rare, fungal infections stem from unsanitary practices and contaminated equipment. In today’s article, we’ll discuss the prevalence of fungus in salons and how to tell if your local spa is up to code.

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Pedicures are a great way to pamper yourself — but only if your salon is up to code!
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