The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic challenges his guests on his free monthly podcasts, Diabetes Late Nite to pick a number that relates to improving the health of someone with diabetes.
His recent guest, Podiatrist, Dr. Maasi J. Smith, who received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA picked the number ‘4’ because he recommends that people with diabetes should see their foot doctor once every quarter of a year or four times a year.
“Regular visits help keep your foot doctor in the loop,” says Dr. Smith. He adds, “For some reason, most people with diabetes don’t take their feet seriously. They need to give their feet more attention. An ingrown toenail can cause all types of problems.”
Why do so many people with diabetes suffer from dry skin?
“Diabetes causes autonomic neuropathy. Because of the blood sugars desensitize the nerve ending in the feet and the skin so the skin doesn’t nourish itself a quickly as it should. Dry skin can break and crack.”
When you buy skincare lotions you should look for antioxidants, vitamin E and other pure ingredients. Try to avoid chemical-based lotions don’t work. Some toenail polish removers can dry out your cuticles which can cause even bigger problems for you down the road.
Maasi J. Smith, DPM, received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a proud graduate of Hampton University, located in Virginia
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