A study from the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests operative nerve decompression procedures can aid patients with diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP). The procedure is said to drastically reduce the recurrence in ulcers.
"Almost every amputation is preceded by an ulcer wound. If we can do something that changes the risk of having a repeat ulcer or a first ulcer event, we can probably do something to greatly reduce the risk of an amputation," lead author D. Scott Nickerson, MD, from Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic, Sheridan, told Medscape Medical News in an interview.
However, the topic of whether operative nerve decompression is of benefit in DSP is still controversial and some may argue that there is not substantial evidence to support its use.
Diabetics need to monitor their feet closely. If you or a loved one is diabetic, see podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang can address your diabetes-related foot and ankle conditions.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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