FAQ - Diabetic Foot
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What is the best thing for a diabetic to do to improve foot circulation?


'High concentrations of serum lipids and apolipoprotein B100 (essential structural component of VLDL and LDL) are major risk factors of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Hence, it is possible that taurine supplementation is beneficial for the prevention of these diseases. '

'Studies have shown that taurine can influence (and possibly reverse) defects in nerve blood flow, motor nerve conduction velocity, and nerve sensory thresholds in experimental diabetic neuropathic rats.'

'According to the single study on human subjects, daily administration of 1.5g taurine had no significant effect on insulin secretion or insulin sensitivity.[52] There is evidence that taurine may exert a beneficial effect in preventing diabetes-associated microangiopathy and tubulointerstitial injury in diabetic nephropathy.'

'Elastin is composed of the protein fibrillin and amino acids such as glycine, valine, alanine, and proline. It is a specialized protein with a molecular weight of 64 to 66 kDa, and an irregular or random coil conformation made up of 830 amino acids.'

'Elastin serves an important function in arteries as a medium for pressure wave propagation to help blood flow and is particularly abundant in large elastic blood vessels such as the aorta. Elastin is also very important in the lungs, elastic ligaments, the skin, the bladder, elastic cartilage, and the intervertebral disc above the sacroiliac.'
'L-Lysine is a necessary building block for all protein in the body. L-Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body's production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.'

'Collagen contains hydroxy-lysine which is derived from lysine by lysyl hydroxylase. O-Glycosylation of lysine residues in the endoplasmic reticulum or Golgi apparatus is used to mark certain proteins for secretion from the cell.'


'Amino acids

Collagen has an unusual amino acid composition and sequence:

* Glycine (Gly) is found at almost every third residue
* Proline (Pro) makes up about 9% of collagen
* Collagen contains two uncommon derivative amino acids not directly inserted during translation. These amino acids are found at specific locations relative to glycine and are modified post-translationally by different enzymes, both of which require vitamin C as a cofactor.
o Hydroxyproline (Hyp), derived from proline.
o Hydroxylysine, derived from lysine. Depending on the type of collagen, varying numbers of hydroxylysines have disaccharides attached to them.'  (+ info)

What foot cream can i buy for my mom(she's diabetic)?

i saw this foot cream online called biolage diabeticare..
and i would get it, but i want to know if there are any other good creams since this ones kinda expensive

what are some good foot creams for diabetics with dry feet?
i forgot to add, she doesnt have any severe pain on her feet, its just dry.

Lubriderm/Lubrisoft works well. There's also a product called Foot Miracle Cream. You may be able to find it online as I'm not sure if stores sell it.   (+ info)

can a diabetic soak foot in epsom salts after popping a blood blister?

I had a blood blister on the bottom of my foot & popped it,cleaned it with peroxide,& bandaged it.It relieved the pressure,but it is still sore.Can I soak my foot in epsom salt until I can see my Dr.?

I have borderline diabetes and would be perfectly happy doing this to help how it feels. The main thing is to make sure that you keep it clean and avoid infection. You've used peroxide, which is great. If I could stand the feeling I would douse it in alcohol after and before bandaging it lightly.
But why not call up the Doctor and get advice over the phone? Most surgeries will do this if you've made an appointment but there's a while to go before you get to it.  (+ info)

Slight foot tingling, not diabetic or have a serious illness?

I sometimes (usually in the night, this is when I usually have more energy and more of an urge to get up and move), have very mild sensations of tingling in my toe area. It doesn't hurt and is very slight (though somewhat annoying), and usually goes away within a minute. My feet still have all their feeling ALL of the time, and it just feels like little pins.

Also, I don't have this every day, just every few days to few weeks at the least. However, it is annoying.

I know for a certain I'm not diabetic (I recently got tested during a regular physical and have normal BS levels), and I feel great and normal otherwise.
By "recently", I mean last month.
Also of note- it's barely even a pronounced or noticeable tingling. More like, once I feel it, I'm thinking, "what the hell is that?"

And then ten seconds later, it's gone.
Also, it's gotten LESS severe with the passing weeks. I've lost a lot of weight. ^^

Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias". They usually result from nerve damage due to pressure, entrapment, or nerve diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to foot numbness and permanent loss of feeling. Any abnormal sensation needs medical investigation

You may also just have "Restless leg syndrome" My mom had that, she started eating healthy, and it went away.  (+ info)

How does a diabetic with extremely dry skin cure sandpaper foot syndrome?

See your foot doctor first. I rub my husbands feet with a diabetic cream for this condition every night. It helps, but it has to be done nightly. A diabetic has to take extra care of their feet. If an infection sets in they could be in a world of hurt. Creams are out there and most of them can be bought over the counter.  (+ info)

Has anyone ever tried derma wound cream to treat diabetic foot ulcers?

I know go with your doctor.....done it...but need to maintain wound clean...give me some pointers or creams

You know this may seem a strange thing to use on a foot or leg ulcer- but it works- progesterone cream. My husband has bad circulation from a damage vein in his leg, plus diabetes so he has had multiple ulcers- he went from dr, to dr and never found any prescription cream that worked. I am going through pre-menopause, and use progesterone cream. I was reading up about it on line , and it said it was safe for foot ulcers in diabetics. I thought this was kind of funny, but we tried it- and do you know something it closed the ulcer quickly before it got infected- this has happened a few times so I know it works- at least for my hubby. Good luck, give it a try- you can by it in any health food store without a prescription.  (+ info)

What items are needed to start a massage spa and diabetic foot-care business?

Business license, proof of liability insurance, storefront, capital, etc. You know, the usual stuff.  (+ info)

Can a non-diabetic person get Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Question on the topic title.

I'm kinda scared. I'm 25 years old and I been playing soccer all my life, but sometimes all the running leave me with blisters in that area below the foot's thumb.

All my life I haven't worry about this, but today I read about Diabetic Foot Ulcers, and I'm wondering if somehow, maybe cause of bad treatment of my blisters, I could get a Diabetic Foot Ulcer.

I really would appreciate the answer of someone who knows about this.

Thanks in advance

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For diabetic ulcer foot infections what better ertapenem or Zosyn?

Zosyn is our 1st line for diabetic foot infections. It covers a broad range bugs: Gram+,- and anerobes. The biggie it doesn't cover is MRSA. We add Vanco/Zyvox on an individual basis.  (+ info)

I am a type 2 diabetic I love to swim most days but I have developed a soreness between my toes on one foot?

and I can not seem to get it any better I have been prescribed CANESTEN CREAM for athletes foot that has had no effect at all, is it safe to go swimming or can I infect others? I am sure I picked it up from the pool but I would hate to think I am adding to the problem.

I would give up swimming for a while and see the doctor again right away. A sore on the foot that does not heal properly needs special attention. It is very possible for things like this to get gangrene in diabetics, and it is more common than you think. This can lead to amputation. If your doctor can't help it, there are wound treatment centers that you can go to. They specialize in the treatment of hard to heal wounds on people, usually diabetics. You need to keep a very close tab on this, and if it does not get any better, keep seeing your doctor or a podiatrist. It is nothing to take lightly..  (+ info)

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