FAQs - Diabetes

Is it safe to exercise with diabetes?

Not only is exercising with diabetes safe, it’s an important aspect of keeping your blood sugar levels in a healthy range and managing any weight issues. Exercise builds muscle, benefits your metabolism, and improves your circulation. It can even help mental health and improve your mood. All of these things are important for someone living with diabetes. Because of damage risks to your feet, though, you may need to take some precautions to protect your lower limbs. This could include sticking to low-impact activities and wearing the rights shoes—or even using custom orthotics.

Some of the best exercises for people with diabetes include walking, riding bikes, swimming, using weight machines, and water aerobics. Other low impact activities like yoga may be beneficial as well. The key is to work with your health team to determine what you need to exercise safely. Dr. Gerald Mauriello can help you make a plan to protect your feet and live a healthy life with diabetes. Just make an appointment with us for more information or a consultation today. You can reach us online or by calling our office at (908) 475-8750.

What exactly is Charcot foot?

Charcot foot is a dangerous, progressive diabetic foot complication that develops with severe neuropathy. Sugar damage causes the bones in your midfoot to weaken and begin to break down, allowing your foot to collapse. Because of severe neuropathy, however, you aren’t able to feel this damage—so you continue walking and putting pressure on your now fragile bones. Eventually the condition can completely deform the foot and put you at risk for amputation.

This condition can ruin your feet or permanently impair your mobility, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you catch the condition early, the foot can be stabilized and managed conservatively. If the foot has collapsed too far, you may need to have it surgically reconstructed and pinned together to keep it stable enough to heal. Don’t let it progress that far—let Dr. Gerald Mauriello manage your diabetic foot care and help you prevent this complication. 

Why are diabetic foot self-exams important?

Performing a simple diabetic foot exam on yourself is actually a crucial part of daily care with diabetes. Your self-foot exam is the best way to catch the beginnings of issues that could turn into serious health conditions. The problem is that diabetes weakens your immune system and damages your nerves, making you more likely to develop injuries that you can’t feel and be unable to recover from them—which increases your risk for serious and potentially life-threatening infections. Even tiny issues like blisters or small cuts can rapidly deteriorate into an ulcer. Unusual changes in your skin or nails might be signs of other underlying problems as well.

A self-foot exam simply involves checking your feet every day for the kinds of abnormal changes and little problems that could easily develop into serious issues for people with diabetes. The foot check is simple to perform. Don’t let preventable problems damage your diabetic feet. Contact Dr. Gerald Mauriello in Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ, for an appointment to learn how to check your own lower limbs or to inspect anything you find. Just call (908) 475-8750 or use the web request form.

How does diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes has a high impact on your lower limb health. Elevated and fluctuating sugar levels damage blood vessels, weakening your circulation. This impacts your nervous system, making your nerves less sensitive and prone to misfiring painfully—a condition called neuropathy. Extreme neuropathy can actually give way to complications like Charcot foot. Your skin will weaken as well and you’ll become more vulnerable to pressure and friction on your lower limbs. This can lead to frequent calluses, blisters, and possibly ulcers. Your bone tissue can also deteriorate, increasing its vulnerability to fractures. Eventually the disease could actually necessitate in a limb amputation to prevent the spread of serious infections in your feet or legs.

Although diabetes and the feet do not go well together, you can overcome the challenges and keep your lower limbs healthy with the right foot care. Let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help you take that next step before you develop serious complications from diabetes. Call (908) 475-8750 or use the web request form to reach us.