Diabetes can lead to complications involving the feet, including peripheral neuropathic pain, diabetic foot ulcers, poor circulation, decreased sensation and increased callus formation. This can lead to skin breakdown and the formation of ulcers that can become infected and even lead to amputations. Proper diabetic foot care can decrease the risk of developing these complications. Read on to learn about the case of Chase L., who suffered from severe diabetes with complications involving both feet and who experienced significant pain relief through the application of the non-invasive deoxyhemoglobin vasodilator D’OXYVA
Chase was a 64-year-old male patient with a 7-year history of type 2 diabetes mellitus. He had high blood sugar levels for a 3-year period before his diagnosis, as well as a history of elevated cholesterol and triglycerides and high blood pressure. On laboratory testing, Chase had an A1C level of 8.3% (normal A1C levels are less than 5.7%) and a blood sugar reading of 186 (normal readings are 70-110).
On physical exam, Chase exhibited ingrown toenails, pallor of the feet, cyanosis of the toes and thick callus formation of the heels. In addition, he had decreased sensation over the dorsum of both feet and diminished pedal pulses bilaterally. After spending thousands of dollars on medications and trying various non-invasive treatments without relief, Chase experienced significant pain relief and a decrease in the cyanosis of his toes after 6 weeks of daily D’OXYVA applications and shared that he saved money by using D’OXYVA and beginning to wean off of other medications.
1 Check Your Feet Carefully Every Day for Diabetes Induced Changes
Diabetic patients must check their feet carefully every day to look for suspicious areas of skin breakdown, color changes, callus formation and skin infections. Areas that are especially vulnerable to skin breakdown include the big toe, the heel and the areas between the toes. Diabetics are extremely vulnerable to damage to the microcirculation (smallest blood vessels) of the feet. The application of transdermal vasodilators such as D’OXYVA can increase peripheral oxygenation to avoid further nerve damage and other diabetes induced changes while improving wound healing and avoiding amputations.
2 Wear Properly Fitting Shoes
Shoes that are too tight can impair circulation. Care should be taken to ensure a proper fit so that circulation is adequate and there is no inordinate friction or rubbing.
3 Keep Your Feet Dry, Especially in the Winter
Excessive moisture caused by sweating of the feet can lead to increased bacteria growth, which can cause infections. Socks should be changed regularly in the winter especially, if they become wet.
4 Use Moisturizer on Your Feet After Bathing
The nerve damage and vascular changes to the feet caused by diabetes lead to dysfunction of the moisturizing glands and result in increased dryness, which can cause further skin breakdown. Applying a moisturizer to the feet (but not between the toes) after bathing can restore lost moisture and reduce dryness.
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HOW D’OXYVA CAN HELP?
D’OXYVA is the only fully noninvasive, completely painless over-the-skin microcirculatory and nerve stimulant solution that has been validated to significantly improve microcirculation.
The improvement of microcirculation, i.e., blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, benefits one’s health, immune system and overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways.