Sock It To You
There's a new sock in town. ProtectiT is designed for the tender foot in your household, be it the result of diabetes or arthritis. Recommended by the American Diabetes Association, this seamless sock is 66 percent cotton, 32 percent Polyamide, and 2 percent lycra, and contains fiber with silver ions that inhibit bacterial growth and fungus that slow healing.
In addition, the socks are seamless so if the wearer has a loss of feeling in the foot, the sock won't wrinkle which has been known to cause sores. The sock is padded to cushion the areas where pressure is applied when walking. The socks are available in the United States (www.apothecaryproducts.com) and from the manufacturer's website: www.protectitsocks.co.uk.
A Massage Is "Afoot"
Something new to sooth leg and foot pain from diabetic neuropathy: a battery-operated shoe that massages your feet. Medic ShoesTM use a remote control held by the user to adjust the intensity of the massage.
While the shoes can be worn walking, it's suggested you lie down for a period of 15-20 minutes while the shoes go to work stimulating circulation with vibrations on both the bottom and sides of each foot.
Details at www.MedicShoes.com
Amputations: Good News, Bad News
A University of Iowa survey of Medicare B surgery claims between 2000-2010 shows there were 29 percent fewer amputations of legs compared to a similar prior period. Included in this 10-year measure is a welcome statistic: upper and lower leg amputations of diabetics dropped 47 percent.
But partial amputations of diabetic toes during the same period showed a 24 percent increase.
University of Iowa research associate Dr. Daniel Belatti, who helped conduct the survey told Diabetes Health,"We speculate that this growth is due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes over the study period. Despite this trend, the good news is that it appears physicians are becoming more successful at preventing amputations at higher, more debilitating levels."
Aspirin's OK--In Small Doses
New guidelines for people with diabetes who use aspirin have been published by the American Diabetes Association.
While it is commonly known aspirin can reduce fever and pain, it has also been beneficial treating heart problems (if you feel a cardiac event coming on, take an aspirin as quickly as possible). People with diabetes have more than a double risk of developing heart disease. But now, there's a suggested age limit regarding aspirin, aspirin doses, and diabetes:
• Studies have shown an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding (aspirin thins the blood), which outweighs any benefit so it's important to discuss aspirin use with your doctor.
• If you are have diabetes and a heart condition, ask your doctor about taking a low dose of aspirin. A "low dose" is about 81mg (also considered baby aspirin), while a standard dose is 325 mgs.
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