Foot and Ankle Associates
    
www.sjfeet.com | info@sjfeet.com    
Meet our Team
Foot Conditions
Click on the foot conditions for detailed information
on diagnosis, medications
and treatment.
 
•  Arthritis
•  Bunions
•  Tendonitis
•  Ganglions
•  Hammer Toes
•  Peripheral Neuropathy
•  PVD
•  Flat Feet
•  Corns
•  Neuromas
•  Childs Feet
•  Ankle Sprains
•  Plantar Faciitis
•  Warts
•  Fungal Problems
•  Nail Problems
 

Know Your Diabetes Management Team

While diabetes affects the body negatively from head to toe, it can be controlled successfully with guidance and treatment from a team of medical specialists.

• Primary Care Physician - A family physician or internist plays the important role of coordinator. He or she is often the first doctor one sees after a diabetes diagnosis and makes referrals to other specialists on the treatment team.

• Endocrinologist - This specialist treats many internal diseases and is often called upon to care for a person with diabetes who is having difficulty controlling the disease.

• Podiatrists - Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to treat the foot and ankle. Diabetes can limit or restrict nerve function, as well as blood flow to the feet. Because of this problem, patients with diabetes can develop foot complications that may result in amputation if left untreated. If you have diabetes or are at risk of the disease, have a podiatrist check your feet at least twice a year for symptoms such as a loss of sensation, burning, or tingling.

• Dentist - Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease and infections in the mouth due to excess blood sugar, so keeping up with regular dental appointments is important.

• Ophthalmologist/Optometrist - Similar to how diabetes restricts blood flow to the feet, diabetes can also affect blood flow to the eyes, resulting in diabetic eye disease. This condition is highly preventable if the disease is managed properly.

• Vascular Surgeon - Diabetes can increase the chances for development of several vascular diseases. Your risk of vascular disease increases with the length of time you have had diabetes, and your risk can increase if you have high blood pressure, if you smoke, are inactive, are overweight, or eat a high-fat diet.

• Pharmacist - Successfully managing diabetes usually requires taking prescription medication. Talk to your pharmacist to ensure you understand the risks of using over-thecounter (OTC) medications with prescribed medications.

For more detailed information on our services visit www.sjfeet.com, www.sanjosepodiatrist.net and www.sjfootandankle.com. You can also contact us by phone: (408) 358-6234 or via email: info@sjfeet.com.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Take our True/False Quiz

Find out how much you know about diabetes and foot care

1. Even though someone in my family has diabetes, I donít need to worry about it.
FALSE - Along with age and obesity, a family history of diabetes can increase your chances of developing diabetes.

2. I need to educate my family on the dangers of diabetes.
TRUE - Diabetes is a family affair. Everyone in the family should know about the disease and should be helping those with diabetes control it.

3. As long as my feet do not hurt, I donít need to visit a podiatrist.
FALSE - Diabetes can lead to loss of sensation or numbness of the extremities. You may not feel the pain, even if there is a significant problem. Any noticeable change in the feet such as redness, swelling, sores that donít heal, loss of hair, or scaly skin may indicate a more serious problem.

4. Having diabetes makes my feet more susceptible to common infections, such as athleteís foot and fungal toenails.
TRUE - People with diabetes have a decreased immune response, which can make common foot infections more prevalent.

If you or a loved one has diabetes, visit a podiatrist regularly and "knock your socks off" to keep your feet healthy.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Doctors of podiatric medicine are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists, qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

This patient information newsletter is courtesy of www.apma.org
 
Foot and Ankle Associates • 15100 Los Gatos Blvd, #4 • Los Gatos • California 95032
POWERED BY