Triple Amputee Recalls Important Diabetic Foot Symptoms She Missed

Nine years ago, 47-year-old Jane Knight led a busy life. The British mum looked after an autistic son and worked as a therapist. She loved to write, paint, play piano, and sew. Today she lives as a triple amputee after operations removed both legs and one arm. It wasn’t a tragic accident that claimed her limbs — but a common disease that 25.8 million Americans and more than 3 million Brits have: diabetes.

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Diabetic Foot Infections: Should You Opt for Antibiotics or Surgery?

Diabetics are at an increased risk for infection. Some estimates indicate that diabetic patients are 10 times more likely to develop soft tissue infections, including everything from upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, to gastrointestinal issues and flesh-eating bacteria. Diabetic foot infections from Staphylococcus bacteria are one of the most common causes of hospitalization for diabetics. Often, patients do not realize they have an infection until an ulcer forms. At this point, they may be faced with the question — should the infection be treated with antibiotics or surgery?

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Diabetic foot infections like MRSA and Staph are 10 times more likely in diabetic patients and have very dire consequences. Image Source: Medscape.com

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Osteomyelitis: What You Need To Know About This Deadly Bone Infection Caused By Foot Pathogens

You may not have heard of it, but osteomyelitis is one of the most frequent foot infections in diabetics, accounting for 10-15% of mild infections and nearly 50% of severe infections. Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that is caused by a variety of microbes — most notably staphylococcus aureus. This infection affects roughly two out of every 10,000 people, according to The Cleveland Clinic, and is especially prevalent among diabetics, sickle cell anemics, dialysis patients, drug users, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

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Type 2 Diabetes: How It Affects Your Feet and Various Body Parts, and What You Can Do

Wild sugar level fluctuations can threaten various parts of the body over time. “Diabetes can have devastating effects on the body,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “In many cases, diabetes causes abnormalities in the small blood vessels of the body, which affects the peripheral nerves. Some of the smallest blood vessels in the body occur in the eyes, kidneys, and feet, and diabetics often face problems in these anatomical areas,” he adds.

It usually takes five or six years of poorly controlled diabetes for complications to arise, according to some studies. However, keep in mind, most people with type 2 diabetes have had the disease for five years before they are diagnosed. The good news is that you can prevent many of these complications through careful diabetes management.

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November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Learn the Warning Signs Today

Diabetes is a devastating diagnosis for the entire family. It’s important for people to know that the tendency to develop type 2 diabetes runs in the family, but is also greatly influenced by lifestyle choices. Often, detecting the signs early can help individuals prevent the development of the diabetes. In fact, the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program can help people cut their risk of developing diabetes in half. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month to highlight the importance of support, management and prevention of this common disease.

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Copper Oxide Socks: Are They A Safe Way To Prevent Diabetic Onychomycosis?

Studies show that diabetics are up to five times more susceptible to fungal infections than people without diabetes, says the Richmond Times DispatchThese infections can lead to secondary bacterial infections, blood infections, tissue damage, gangrene, and even amputation. Yet, are the new copper-oxide socks from Cupron really the answer in preventing diabetic onychomycosis?

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Focus On Obesity: Preventing Diabetic Foot Problems

Tackling obesity is a tall order, but it truly will have a dramatic impact in preventing diabetic foot problems like ulcers. Every day choices have the power to dramatically alter how a person feels on any given day. The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer share their best advice for managing diabetes and keeping the feet as healthy as possible.

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Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers: 10 Best Shoes For Diabetics

Did you know that Medicare has covered therapeutic footwear and insoles for patients at risk for ulceration since 1995? Surprisingly, fewer than 3% of those eligible receive the benefit, reports Internal Medicine News

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“This is a simple, low-tech, very effective intervention that we don’t do,” said Dr. Lavery of the department of surgery at Texas A&M University, Temple. He adds that about 20% of foot ulcers are triggered by ill-fitting shoes, mostly among women. Here we discuss 10 of the best shoes for diabetics that can help you prevent diabetic foot ulcers.

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What Causes A Diabetic Foot Ulcer?

Diabetic foot ulcers are more than just open wounds that take too long to heal. For many diabetics, they can be a death sentence. A slow-healing wound leaves the body open to infection, putting the patient at risk for developing gangrene that requires amputation. Following the horrific ordeal, 5-10% of amputees die during initial hospitalization, and another 50% die within the next five years. That being said, there are ways to limit your risk of developing a foot ulcer. For diabetics, prevention is the best cure! But first, we’ll discuss what causes diabetic foot ulcers.

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What Is A Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam & Why Should I Get One?

The goal of a podiatrist is to prevent diabetic patients from being hospitalized with a foot problem. In fact, foot complications are the most common reason for diabetics to be hospitalized each year. Worse yet, many of these hospitalizations result in amputations! We developed the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to be part of a self-care regimen for diabetics to help keep people out of the hospital. Yet, nothing replaces the value of a comprehensive diabetic foot exam with a doctor.

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