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Diabetes and Foot Problems: What Diabetes Can Do to Your Feet

Diabetes and Foot Problems: What Diabetes Can Do to Your Feet

Diabetes in the US is widespread. Over 30 million Americans (about 10% of the population) have it. Over 25% of Americans over the age of sixty-five have it. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the US. And experts agree these statistics from the American Diabetes Association may actually underreport the prevalence of diabetes in the US. How does read more »

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A Holiday Poem (and some foot care advice) for Our Patients Living with Diabetes

A Holiday Poem (and some foot care advice) for Our Patients Living with Diabetes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Families trimming their trees and cozying up under the blankets to watch the snow gently fall upon the ground. But with all the tempting treats and chilly weather, celebrating the holidays can also interrupt the health routines of those with diabetes. Keeping diabetes in check throughout the season can be challenging. There read more »

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How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

It’s December and we’re heading into winter. Daylight seems to slip away and nights become longer. The weather is cooling (even in California) and we see the change of seasons. Leaves fall from the trees, clothing stores trot out more sweaters, jackets and boots, and holiday lights crop up around the neighborhood. It’s a season marked with change. Your body read more »

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All About Charcot Foot and Charcot Foot Treatment

All About Charcot Foot and Charcot Foot Treatment

What is Charcot Foot? Charcot foot, (officially known as “Neuropathic Arthropathy”) is a progressive degeneration of a weight bearing joint. It is often has bony destruction, bone resorption, and eventual deformity. It’s reported in 29% of diabetic patients who present with peripheral neuropathy and a loss in proprioception. The survival rates for diabetic amputations at 5 years are only 50%. read more »

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Why Diabetic Foot Exams Are Critically Important

Why Diabetic Foot Exams Are Critically Important

Catching diabetic foot complications early will allow for proper intervention and prevention of ulcerations, infections, and limb loss. That is why routine exams with a foot and ankle specialist are so critical. At the first sign of diabetic foot pain, ulcers or other diabetic foot issues, get it checked out and do not wait for your next checkup. Otherwise, our read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Charcot Foot… But Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Need to Know About Charcot Foot… But Were Afraid to Ask

What’s Charcot Foot? Charcot foot (also known as “Neuropathic Arthopathy“) is when your foot starts to “soften.” This happens because of a progressive degeneration of the weight bearing joints of the foot. This is the bones in the foot weakening. It occurs in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy), most often those who are diabetic. It has been reported read more »

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Our Experts 15 Do’s and Don’ts for Optimal Diabetic Foot Care

Our Experts 15 Do’s and Don’ts for Optimal Diabetic Foot Care

How do you tend to your feet? If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you know that your entire relationship to your body changes. Watching your diet, taking medication, and monitoring your blood sugar – these healthy habits should become a part of your new routine. It’s time to practice optimal diabetic foot care. With diabetes you need to pay special read more »

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Do Your Burning Feet or Numb Toes Need to See a Doctor? Here’s How to Know

Do Your Burning Feet or Numb Toes Need to See a Doctor?  Here’s How to Know

Numbness, tingling of the toes or a burning sensation in the feet are collectively known as paresthesia. It can result from many causes, and its significance can vary from trivial to life-threatening. So how can you tell numbness, tingling, and burning that can be safely ignored from that which requires a doctor’s attention? Lack of sensation in the toes or read more »

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