Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times

first_img Sharing is caring! National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul RickettsPatients who suffer from diabetes are being advised to ensure that they wear proper foot gear which is soft, closed shoes at all times.Diabetes Mellitus is a disease of the pancreas which is an organ behind your stomach. Normally, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin that helps your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat.One local doctor has admonished diabetic patients to pay special attention to the shoes they wear as statistics indicate that there are an increasing number of amputations on the island.National Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Ricketts noted that amputations are an issue and are increasing at a media breakfast meeting last week.“Individuals who are diabetic need to understand and we need to work with them to ensure that their blood sugar levels are adequately controlled. The less control you have the more likely you are to develop problems with your feet. In addition to that diabetics need to understand that they have to take care of their feet to avoid some of the trauma that goes on and which then predisposes them to develop infections in the feet which could ultimately lead then to amputations.”According to Dr. Ricketts most patients do not wearing proper shoes which can protect their feet against abrasions or injuries which could lead to amputations.“I have a difficult time trying to convince patients to that they need to wear protective foot wear at all times. I tell them you need to wear a soft close up shoe, once you get up and start walking around make sure you have shoes on; you’re coming to Roseau, you’re coming to the doctor make sure you have proper shoes on but u know what happens? Many people feel well they want to wear stylish shoes or they feel their foot is too hot in the sneakers.”Of importance is that many diabetic patients loose sensation in their feet and often innocently knock their feet while walking around in their homes and do not realize it, the foot then “becomes infected and that’s where the beginning of a cascade of events end up”.He said many times some patients do not fully grasp the situation which they are in but he is “absolutely positive” that amputations are done in the patient’s best interest.According to him patients have to understand that while they may not want to lose an entire limb, by refusing to amputate may lead to them losing their lives. “So we ought to choose which do you prefer? Do you prefer to lose a toe or do you prefer an entire limb or do you prefer to lose your life?”Dr. Ricketts also announced that the Ministry of Health has undertaken a Foot Care Program in which they offer training for the health care workers which will enable them to detect “that something is going wrong early and therefore refer on to a specialist for further treatment or intervention”. They are certain medications available as well which may improve circulation in the feet and the Ministry is also promoting these medications to assist patients with circulations challenges. Dr. Ricketts also acknowledged that “a lot needs to be done in terms of educating and promoting proper foot care; awareness by patients, also the need which we are addressing for more skills in identifying and managing foot problems as well as treating those individuals who develop problems that may be threatening the survival of that limb”. Dominica Vibes News Share 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Diabetic patients advised to wear soft, closed shoes at all times by: – February 14, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more