According to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association 2015 Scientific Sessions, low levels of vitamin D can contribute to painful diabetic neuropathy. The study included 45 patients with type 2 diabetes some with painful neuropathy, painless neuropathy, and no neuropathy. After completing questionnaires to asses sunlight exposure and symptoms, the patients went through clinical, neurophysiological, lower-limb skin intra-epidermal nerve fiber density tests. The end results showed that the painful neuropathy group had the lowest levels of vitamin D.
Neuropathy is a common and pain condition for diabetic patients. If you have any concerns about your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry – Easton. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.