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Diabetes FAQs

When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.

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  • Will Exercise Affect my Diabetes?

    How exercise affects diabetesExercise is beneficial for anyone wanting to stay in good health, but when it comes to exercise and diabetes, it needs to be an even more important part of your lifestyle. Exercise will affect your diabetes in a lot of good ways. First, aerobic and strength training can improve the way your body functions and can actually improve your ability to handle and control your blood sugar levels. It helps with circulation and increases your muscle strength, too. As you become more physically conditioned, your sensitivity to insulin also increases, not just during exercise, but long-term.

    It is important to monitor your blood sugar levels before, during, and after exercise so you can learn how your body reacts and address any problems along the way. It is also important to choose activities that are safe and do not put your lower extremities at risk for injury, especially if you have neuropathy and reduced circulation.

    If you have further questions about the effects of exercise and diabetes, or need any treatment for a diabetic foot problem, don’t wait to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.

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  • Is Wearing Shoes Necessary with Diabetes?

    Shoes for diabetic feetThere are two very common and serious complications that can affect a person with diabetes: nerve damage and poor circulation. Also called neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease, these two conditions require wearing shoes so your feet will always be protected.

    Nerve damage inhibits your ability to feel heat, pain and cold. This means that if you are barefoot, you are at risk for stepping on a sharp object or sustaining a cut, scrape or burn without knowing it. Poor circulation can then slow down the healing process, and a small problem could turn into a serious infection or worse. The sidewalk to your mailbox, the grass in your backyard, and even the carpet in your own house can pose a danger to bare feet. Kick your shoes off while relaxing on the couch, but if you are going to walk anywhere, protect your feet in a supportive pair of shoes.

    If you have concerns about your foot health or require diabetic foot care, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister by calling our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374 today.

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  • Why Do Diabetics Need to Wear Shoes?

    Diabetics need to wear shoes at all times. You could get burned on hot sand or pavement, sustain a puncture wound, or get a cut or scrape from an object on the ground. You may not even notice you have a minor injury until later on when it could be at high risk for infection and could then turn into a non-healing wound. Steer clear of these serious, sometimes life-threatening situations by always keeping your feet covered.

    Shoes are vital for diabetics because of poor circulation and neuropathy, two common conditions associated with the disease. Neuropathy leads to a loss of feeling, leaving you unable to feel heat, pain, or cold. Poor circulation means that there is not as much blood flow to your feet, which can greatly impact the healing of an injury. For these two reasons, that it is imperative that you never go barefoot if you have diabetes.

    If you would like further information on diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates. You can reach our office in Richardson, TX, by calling (972) 690-5374.

  • What Foods Should I Avoid When I Have Diabetes?

    When you have diabetes, you simply can’t throw caution to the wind. The condition requires a strong discipline to maintain a healthy diet, which will keep your glucose levels under control and help you avoid the serious complications that can arise with bad eating. With diabetes, foods to avoid can be found in most parts of the food pyramid. Here’s a list:

    Avoid white flour, processed grains, sugary cereals, fried foods, canned vegetables with lots of added sodium, vegetables with lots of butter or cheese sauces, canned fruit with heavy syrup, sweetened jams, fruit juice drinks, and the consuming of cheese on a regular basis. None of these food items will add nourishment to your diet—only problems.

    If you need help creating a healthy meal plan or require diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates for help. You can reach our Richardson, TX, office at (972) 690-5374.

  • Why is it Important to Check Diabetic Feet?

    When you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems. As a result, it is vital for you to frequently check on, and provide extra care for, your diabetic feet. This condition may entail nerve damage which means that you could not even notice injuries or ulcers that occur on your feet. To make matters worse, poor circulation associated with the disease inhibits the healing process, so unnoticed wounds have more time to become dangerously infected. Even something as small as a scratch can turn into a major complication, including amputation. The best way to avoid serious issues, is to catch problems early. That’s why checking diabetic feet daily is an essential part of managing your disease.

    Richardson Podiatry Associates in TX reminds you to remain vigilant in checking for any signs of trouble. Should you notice anything unusual, such as blisters, abrasions, red or dry skin, or temperature changes, call (972) 690-5374 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister right away.