Diabetes is a condition that can cause nerve damage and poor circulation to the feet if not controlled properly. The latest research suggests that exercise plays a key role in helping to prevent and control type 2 diabetes. If you keep your diabetes properly managed, you can avoid more serious complications.
Exercise Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetics
In February 2022, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released new recommendations to help those with type 2 diabetes. The recommendations are based on research that confirms exercise can help prevent and manage this condition. Lead author Jill A. Kanaley, Ph.D. mentions that “Exercise can play an important role in managing type 2 diabetes, and workouts can be modified to fit the abilities of most people.” For those with type 2 diabetes, the following guidelines are recommended:
Diet, Exercise, and Foot Care
Eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise can both play an important role in managing type 2 diabetes. Keeping your feet healthy and caring for them at home can also be vital for those with diabetes. Some tips to consider for healthy feet are:
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Regular exercise can help control diabetes, but it’s also important to see an experienced podiatrist for taking care of your feet and helping manage the condition as well. A podiatrist can do the following:
If you notice any of the following signs, consult with a podiatrist immediately since it can indicate a more serious problem:
Catching a problem in its earliest stages is key to preventing a problem from turning more serious. Complications that can occur from untreated foot problems include foot ulcers, infection, gangrene, and amputation.
If you have type 2 diabetes and have questions about caring for your feet or have a foot wound that needs to be treated, contact the team at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation. To schedule an appointment in our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our convenient contact form, or call us today.