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After Foot Amputation — What’s Next?

March 20, 2019

A foot amputation can be a scary procedure to face. But, completing a successful operation is your surgeon’s job. Your work begins after the procedure. Knowing what to expect after a foot amputation can help you toward a speedy, healthy recovery. Your hospital staff will give you medications to alleviate pain and fight infection, but you need to know more. Here’s what you can

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Why Your Peripheral Neuropathy Feels Worse at Night

February 28, 2019

The pain, tingling, and burning sensations from diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be debilitating any time of day. But, for some people, these uncomfortable sensations get particularly worse at night, especially when they’re trying to sleep. If you’re in this category, you might have been told you’re imagining it. But, recent research from the Comprehensive Pain Center at

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Protect Yourself from Charcot Foot

February 20, 2019

If you have diabetes, you face the possibility of developing many foot problems, including ulcers, non-healing sores, and even amputation. But, there’s another condition you should know about and watch out for: Charcot foot. Also called Charcot arthropathy, this condition weakens the bones in the feet of people who have peripheral neuropathy. It also attacks the joints and soft tissues. Over

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How Oxygen Therapy Works | HBO Therapy

February 14, 2019

If you have a foot ulcer or leg wound that is linked to diabetes, you likely know how long these sores can linger. And, the longer they take to heal, the more vulnerable you are to infection and other risks. Speeding up the healing process is better for your health all around. That’s where hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy comes in. Research and clinical experiences show this therapy can reduce

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Inherited Neuropathy — Can Numbness Be Hereditary?

February 14, 2019

Eye color, shoe size, and height all have one thing in common — they’re hereditary. It turns out inherited neuropathy can be, too. While it’s rare, children who have a parent with heritable neuropathy have a 50 percent chance of developing the condition, as well. It can show up as early as birth, but it’s more frequently diagnosed in middle- and older-age. Type 2 diabetes and obesity

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Diabetic Neuropathy

February 14, 2019

Diabetic neuropathy — nerve damage caused by high blood glucose levels — affects between 60 percent and 70 percent of individuals with diabetes. If you have it, your diabetic amputation risk will be higher. In fact, more than 50 percent of all amputations annually are associated with diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 86,000 people undergo foot

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