November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and November 14, 2015 in particular has been designated as World Diabetes Day. This is a wonderful time to schedule your yearly foot care check-up with one of our Advanced Foot Care Centers physicians. Call our Fort Oglethorpe office today at (706)-861-6200.
Diabetes awareness and prevention is very important to podiatrists because the majority of our patients are affected by diabetes. The doctors at Advanced Foot Care Centers promote a healthy lifestyle including diet changes, exercise, and weight loss to all patients, but it is especially important in diabetics.
Here are some startling facts about diabetes:
- 30 million American children and adults have diabetes.
- Diabetes is on the rise – 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and are at a high risk of developing diabetes.
- People with Diabetes are at a higher risk for nerve damage, especially in the feet, called Peripheral Neuropathy.
- Diabetics are also at a higher risk for problems with blood flow and circulation called Peripheral Vascular Disease.
How are my feet affected by diabetes?
- Loss of sensation in the feet: approximately 10% of diabetics will develop a diabetic foot ulcer in their lifetime because of loss of sensation.
- Decreased blood flow in the feet: small things like a blister or ingrown toenail can turn into a wound that won’t heal.
- Ulcers and wounds can turn into infections and gangrene (death of skin and tissue), which leads to amputation.
- Over time your feet will change shape and deform – Charcot foot
- Contracted toes, hammer toes, bunions
The best way to prevent diabetic complications is to check your feet daily and keep regularly scheduled appointments with us at one of our six locations of Advanced Foot Care Centers. Contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Solomon by calling (706) 861 – 6200.