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Foot Care & Complications

 

As soon as you're diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, you're bombarded with information about the health risks and complications that you can suffer as a diabetic.  Depressing ain't it?!

It's tough enough managing your diabetes and regularly checking your sugar levels, without worrying about injury to your feet or choosing the correct footwear.

The good news is that good control can help to limit the likelihood of this happening, and that there's excellent health care for if and when you may start to experience problems.

Magnets thought to reduce diabetic foot painProper foot care can reduce the risk of diabetic complications later in life

The wearing of magnet-laden socks seems to reduce or eliminate the pain associated with a foot disorder common in diabetics, according to study from a US researcher.

``The constant wearing of magnetic devices was able to dramatically suppress the neuropathic symptoms of burning pain and numbness and tingling in the diabetic (patients' feet),'' concludes researcher Dr. Michael Weintraub of Phelps Memorial Hospital in New York. His findings were published in the January issue of the American Journal of Pain Management.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a progressive deterioration of nerve function in the extremities linked to diabetes and can trigger chronic pain in the feet. 

These reportshave generated further interest in the effectiveness of magnet therapy in the treatment of various types of pain and sales of therapeutic magnets have now reached $200 million in the USA alone.

The study involved 19 patients suffering from foot pain, 10 of whom were diabetic. He had all the study participants wear special 'magnet socks' for 4 months.

Real magnets were sewn into one foot of each of the pair of socks, Weintraub explained, while the other foot contained a fake 'placebo' magnet-lookalike. Patients were not told which sock contained the real magnet, and socks were switched from foot to foot after the first month of the study.

At the end of the four months, 90% of the diabetic subjects reported a dramatic reduction in foot pain, whereas just a third of the non-diabetic patients reported symptom reduction after magnet therapy.

The positive response of diabetic users to magnet therapy appears to be genuine since symptoms recur when the (magnet) is removed.  This was an unexpected benefit in easing and reducing the symptoms of this condition which is usually disabling and progressive.

Whilst larger clinical trials are necessary to confirm these results, nevertheless, this represents a significant breakthrough.

Why Blood Glucose Testing is Important

It seems like common sense that people who carry out testing on their blood glucose levels more frequently, have better control.

If you're managing to achieve better control, you're less likely to suffer from foot pain or neuropathy (the medical term for temporary or permanent damage to the nerve tissue).

Health care professionals stress the importance to regularly monitor blood sugar levels as it should help to prevent complications and health problems in later life.

Info on Symptoms

Some people with diabetes will not develop nerve damage, while others may develop this condition relatively early.

Symptoms can include:-

  • numbness (decreased or lost sensation)
  • tingling
  • pain in the toes or feet
  • extreme sensitivity

    It's common for neurological and sensory tests to be carried out at your annual health check.  If caught early enough, treatment is aimed at reducing the risk of further problems such as ulcers.

    Further Information

    Diabetes Info - useful information for diabetics

    FAQ - find the answers to those questions that you have.