Blood Sugar and Your Feet

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If you have diabetes, then you’ve probably discussed the importance of maintaining healthy blood-sugar levels with your primary care physician. However, you can expect a similar conversation to come up with your podiatrist. Your foot health and blood-sugar levels are more closely linked than you may think. In this blog, we’ll talk about how the two are related and how you can improve your foot health by staying on top of your blood sugar.

Don’t Get Burned by Neuropathy

Have you noticed a burning or tingling sensation in your feet? Maybe even a complete loss of sensation? If so, you might be experiencing peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs as a result of nerve damage. It’s often seen in diabetic patients on account of nerve damage caused my prolonged periods of hyperglycemia, or high blood-sugar levels. There are treatments for neuropathy, including surgery, but the best way to consistently monitor your blood sugar.

The Benefits of Good Blood Sugar

Keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level helps keep you safe from nerve damage, but the habits you should instill to maintain your blood sugar will have other positive on your overall health and your foot health, as well. Keep your blood sugar right by:

  • Exercising regularly – working out, even moderately, can reduce blood sugar and strengthen your feet and prevent tendon injuries

  • Drinking lots of water – flush sugars from your body and reduce swelling in your feet with at least 64 ounces of water a day

  • Eating your spinach – spinach is a good with a low glycemic index and a good amount of calcium, which strengthens the bones in your feet

If you’re still curious as to how blood sugar and foot health are related, and you’re located in Westfield, IN, or Hamilton County, make an appointment to see David Sullivan, DPM. Dr. Sullivan is a podiatrist and certified wound care specialist, so he can help you keep your blood-sugar levels at the optimal levels for ideal foot health. Make an appointment online or call (317) 896-6655 today to visit Westfield Foot and Ankle.