Diabetes is a chronic health condition that, if not controlled, can lead to other issues, such as neuropathy. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, understands the effects diabetes has on the body and provides treatment both for the management of diabetes, as well as some of the conditions it causes. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which your blood sugar is higher than it should be. The sugar found in your blood provides energy for your cells. The hormone insulin, which is made in your pancreas, is responsible for helping usher your sugar from your blood into your cells.
If you have diabetes, either your pancreas isn’t making enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the insulin you do make isn’t able to perform its intended function (type 2 diabetes). Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1 diabetes and often develops in adults.
When not well-controlled, the excess sugar in your blood damages both your blood vessels and organs, increasing your risk of other health conditions.
Having diabetes increases your risk of many other health conditions, including heart and kidney disease.
Too much sugar in your blood also affects blood circulation and damages nerve endings. Because blood vessels and nerve endings are smaller in your extremities, your feet and hands are most at risk.
Foot problems are very common in people with diabetes due to restricted blood flow and nerve damage. If the muscles in your feet aren’t functioning properly, it may lead to unequal pressure, which can result in sores, infections, and even amputations.
If your diabetes has caused nerve damage, then you have diabetic neuropathy, which can result in pain or loss of sensation.
The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy understands how diabetes affects your health and develops personalized treatment plans based on the body parts affected by your diabetes, as well as your overall health and ultimate functional goals.
Your treatment may include:
For foot conditions, your physical therapist may recommend specific footwear to improve weight distribution and reduce your risk of foot-related complications. The exercise program may also support blood sugar control to further reduce your risk.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that often requires lifestyle changes. Being proactive in the management of your diabetes may help prevent more serious health complications.
For a conditioning program that can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of foot problems, contact Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy by phone or online today.