Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Its Effects on the Feet

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that causes damage to the nerve cells. This can result in pain and numbness in any part of the body like the digestive system, the urinary tract, the blood vessels and the heart but it most often affects the nerves in the legs and feet.

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Its Effects on the Feet
Diabetic neuropathy can be peripheral, autonomic, proximal or mononeuropathy and they are diagnosed depending on the area that they affect.

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type and it affects the feet and legs first and if not controlled, may slowly move upwards affecting hands and arms. Symptoms in the feet include:

  • Numbness
  • Inability to feel hot and cold sensation
  • Inability to feel pain
  • Tingling
  • Burning sensation inside feet
  • Cramping
  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • Pain and sensitivity to touch
  • Foot ulcers, infections
  • Bone and joint pain
  • A diabetic who has peripheral neuropathy could have one or more of the above symptoms. People with diabetic neuropathy need to monitor their feet regularly.

Taking Care of Diabetic Feet at Home

  •  Inspect feet regularly for corns, calluses, cuts, injuries, etc. Since the diabetic will have decreased sensation in the feet, an injury or infection may get overlooked.
  •  Wear well fitting shoes that are wide and do not cause shoe bites or friction.
  •  Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injuries.

Also Read: How To Protect Your Legs and Feet If You Have Diabetes

Regular Podiatric Consult Is a Must

Apart from taking care of the feet at home, a diabetic with peripheral neuropathy must see a podiatrist regularly. The podiatrist will help in maintaining foot health and provide treatment that will help decrease pain and improve quality of life. Oral medication may be prescribed to help with symptoms. A thorough foot check will be performed regularly to check for injuries and infections. You will also be educated on how to take care of your feet at home. Diabetics with peripheral neuropathy should consult a podiatrist at least once a year.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Use of PRP Therapy in Cartilage Repair

Our ankles hold up the weight of our body throughout our lives. Hence, it is not surprising that ankle problems arise. The ankles are the area most affected by cartilage damage. They will benefit greatly from any kind of treatment that will help repair or regenerate cartilage.

Medical technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the treatment of tissue repair and regeneration. The biggest boost to this area of medicine has been PRP therapy. PRP injections provide positive cellular changes in the joints. They help in the regeneration of articular cartilage, increase volume of lubricants in the ankle area and stimulate stem cells. 

Use of PRP Therapy in Cartilage Repair

Who Can Benefit from PRP Therapy?

  •       People with Chronic Illnesses - PRP therapy benefits patients suffering from diseases that lead to the degeneration of the ankle tissue like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  •       Sportspeople - It is a very effective treatment for cartilage damage caused by sports injuries as it reduces the friction that is caused by overwork and tearing of tissue.
  •       Seniors - PRP delays degeneration of ankle tissues by repairing them and this can be a big help for elders who are dealing with ankle problems.

PRP Procedure

It is a simple day procedure which can be done by your podiatrist in his/her clinic. The doctor will use the patient’s own blood to prepare the PRP injections. Blood is drawn from the patient and the PRP is separated. This prepared injection is now injected into the treatment area where it will release the growth factors and stimulate the stem cells to start working. It is a short procedure and usually normal activities can be resumed immediately afterwards.

Also Read: Fighting Chronic RA Pain with these Tips

When Should You Talk to Your Podiatrist About PRP Therapy?

If you are suffering from chronic ankle problems due to illness, age or injury, it could be that the cartilage of your ankle is damaged. Your podiatrist may suggest PRP therapy to help in repairing the cartilage as a non-invasive alternative to surgery.