Diabetes and Your Feet

Shannon Youn, DCh

 

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of glucose or sugar in the blood due a lack of insulin, insufficient levels of insulin, or increase in insulin resistance in the body. Insulin is required so that the body can absorb sugar from the blood and use it as an energy source; without it, the body will be left with high levels of sugar remaining the bloodstream. Consequently, chronically elevated blood sugar levels can lead to long term, sometimes debilitating complications, including blood vessel damage, neuropathy, and a compromised immune system.

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Varicose Veins and Compression Stockings

Shannon Youn, DCh

 

Varicose veins are enlarged and sometimes twisted veins found most commonly on the lower limb. At times, varicose veins along with reticular and spider veins (smaller, less prominent dilated veins) are more of a cosmetic concern, while other times, they may be signs of circulatory problems, specifically venous insufficiency. In other words, your veins are not functioning efficiently to work against gravity and bring the blood back to your heart. Rather, the blood pools and consequently dilates the veins in your lower body. See your health care professional when varicose veins are accompanied with aching, heavy, swollen, and/or painful legs, or skin discolourations.

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Warts and Treatment Options

Shannon Youn, DCh

 

A wart is a skin growth caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). Plantar warts are ones that are specifically found on the sole of the foot. If found on a weight bearing area, a wart tends to grow inward under a thick layer of hardened skin/callus. There are generally three tell tale signs a lesion on your foot is a wart: 1. Disturbed normal skin lines 2. Black pinpoint dots which are clotted blood vessels 3. Pain with pinching of the lesion. Some warts will go away without treatment over time, while others may require a visit to a Foot Specialist.

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