November is American Diabetes Month 2015

Many of our Diabetic clients have asked: “How can my Diabetes affect my feet?” A diabetic whose blood sugar level stays too high for a long time can develop some serious complications which can include leg and foot problems. If your blood glucose is high, your body loses fluid, you become dehydrated and your skin becomes dry. This happens because your body is trying to remove the excess glucose from the blood and creates more urine. Your skin can get dry if the nerves in your legs and feet do not get the message to sweat (diabetic neuropathy). Sweating helps keep the skin soft and moist. Dry skin can become red and sore.  It can crack and germs can enter through the cracks in your skin and cause bad infections. Dry skin can become itchy, and scratching can lead to breaks in the skin and once again infection.

Skin problems are common in people with diabetes. An elevated blood glucose creates an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and fungi and can actually reduce the body’s ability to heal itself. Up to one third of the people with diabetes will have a skin disorder related to diabetes. Fortunately many can be prevented or successfully treated if caught early. These skin infections can affect anyone, but people with diabetes are much more prone to getting these conditions, which can become much more serious in diabetics. The high blood sugars make these infections longer to heal.

Don’t risk your health. Get treatment for foot wounds as soon as possible:

Get help for open wounds.

Visit a podiatrist, a doctor specializing in foot care, if you have an open cut, blister, or sore on your foot that isn’t healing. Do not try to treat yourself with over-the-counter antibiotic ointments. Experts consider a wound that won’t heal to be a problem that needs aggressive treatment. “The longer things go, the more chance people have of losing a toe or losing a foot,” says Michele Kurlanski, DPM, a wound-care specialist at Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center in Portland, Maine, who is certified by the American Academy of Wound Management. She says her patients may try “self-inflicted bathroom surgery” that makes problems such as blisters, corns, and calluses even worse. Leave the treatment to professionals.

Follow treatment instructions.

When you do go to a podiatrist or other specialist for wound care, staff members might take an X-ray of your foot to see how far an infection has spread. They’ll clean the wound and cut away any dead tissue. They’ll most likely take a tissue culture, and the doctor may suggest you use a walking boot or crutches to keep your weight off the foot as it tries to heal. You’ll probably visit your podiatrist weekly during the healing process.

Try to hit your blood glucose targets.

Your podiatrist will also ask about your diabetes management. “You treat a wound, but the wound’s attached to a patient, and that patient might have risk factors that are contributing to that wound,” Raphael says. Your podiatrist might team up with your diabetes educator, endocrinologist, primary care provider, or others to help you manage your diabetes.

Be prepared for intensive treatment.

If you haven’t healed in four weeks, your doctor may want to hospitalize you for more intensive treatment, including tissue grafts, in which healthy tissue is removed from other parts of your body and attached to your foot to promote healing.

Remember, as we have stated before…being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support socks (in the compression necessary for your diagnosis) is the key to keeping your feet healthy.

If you are a diabetic, the following is your first line of defense:

  • Check your feet each day.
  • Make sure your feet stay clean and dry.
  • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Plus suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
  • Moisturize dry skin with a good lotion or cream
  • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
  • Wear well-fitting, soft shoes.
  • Check shoes daily for things that might damage your feet.
  • Keep your blood glucose under control

Wear well-fitting socks, with a non-irritating toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.

Here’s to healthy, happy feet,

Vanda
www.supporthoseplus.com

 

Men’s Health Awareness

Physician consultation with manDuring the month of November each year, “November” asks men across the world to grow a mustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. This is specifically targeting Prostate Cancer Awareness as well as men’s health issues. The other Men’s Health Issue we at Support Hose Plus would like to address is their reluctance to seek health care. In fact, according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year. A look at men’s health issues shows they experience different, but no less serious, health problems than women. Millions of women already know one of the secrets. For decades women have been wearing support hosiery to keep the veins and valves inside the veins from weakening or becoming defective. Men are beginning to recognize the energizing effects a pair of support hose.

There are many reasons men should choose to wear support socks or support stockings. Here are a few:

  • Tired achy legs at night
  • Heavy legs at night
  • Swollen legs
  • Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
  • Dull, aching pain in leg
  • Tingling, numbness burning or cramping in the legs and feet
  • Legs “fall asleep” often
  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Reddish Discoloration of the skin
  • Hardened skin on the lower leg
  • Patches of dry skin on the lower leg
  • Open sores on the lower leg that do not heal (see your doctor immediately)
  • Family history of venous disease
  • Travel (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Surgery (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)

There seems to be a stigma of people being able to recognize that a man is wearing a compression garment, but many young men are becoming staunch supporters of compression garments which definitely do not look like their grand mother’s support hose.

Professional athletes know:

  • As he travels long distances to compete, he wears compression socks. He definitely does not want to arrive at an event for which he has been training to be knocked out of competition by a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis).
  • During his competition he wants to be at his best. Performance Sleeve   will increase arterial flow, reduce muscle strain, decreases exertion, and reduces skin temperature.
  • After he has completed his competition he wants a speedy recovery, so he wears his Recovery Socks to help get the lactic acid out of the muscle so there is less muscle soreness.

Happy Man Wearing Compression Socks

The “week-end warrior” can also appreciate what support socks can do for their sporting activities as well as their everyday living. Why should the non-athlete not have the same advantages as the athlete? By taking action to wear an appropriate compression garment, our special men could prevent more serious problems which ultimately could affect his quality of life as well as his family.
Please have that special man, visit with his physician about compression and then call one of our Certified Fitters at 1-844-472-8807.  Our Certified Fitters can assist him with the selection of a garment (dress sock, casual sock, athletic sock, thigh sock or even waist high garment if necessary) appropriate for his life style as well as his legs.

Lets encourage the special men in our life to see their physician regularly, grow a mustache and wear their support socks,

Vanda Lancour
www.supporthoseplus.com