Why You Need to Be Concerned About Diabetes

Each year in April, all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland observe and promote national Foot Health Awareness Month. We want our patients to be fully informed about their foot health. This week, we’re focusing on diabetes and how it affects your feet.

2 Types of Diabetes

The two main forms of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2:

  • Type 1 diabetes usually presents itself in children and young adults. It’s an autoimmune condition in which the body produces no insulin. Type 1 diabetics need to inject insulin daily.
  • Type 2 diabetes is more common and typically affects people who are overweight and sedentary. They usually make their own insulin, but are unable to process it properly. Insulin helps regulate the amount of sugar in our blood, so without it, sugar levels can be elevated.

If left untreated, diabetes can have some incredibly serious effects on a number of your body’s systems. Diabetes causes strokes, kidney failure, nerve damage, narrowing of blood vessels, blindness, and lower limb amputations.

Diabetes and your feet

As podiatrists, Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann are particularly concerned about the feet of our diabetic patients. We hope to see them regularly – at least once a year for a full exam, and more often if any problems come up. The sorts of problems we’re talking about may be no big deal to the non-diabetic, but are cause for alarm and quick action in diabetics. They include

Any of these conditions can develop into infections or ulcers that can be extremely difficult to treat. That’s why it’s so important for diabetics to make an appointment with a qualified podiatrist whenever they see any of these warning signs in their feet.

Dr. Frey, Dr. Oltmann, and our staff welcome diabetic patients in the greater Cleveland area to our office in beautiful Solon, Ohio. Regular checkups will help you stay on track in treating your diabetes and keep your feet in top shape. Prompt action when something’s not right can help you avoid amputation. Call us with questions or to make an appointment at (440) 903-1041. You may also contact us online.