Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland are very dedicated to caring for our diabetic patients. We also hope to minimize the number of patients who develop diabetes in the future. Diabetes – a disease characterized by uncontrolled blood sugar – is on the rise. It can be devastating to your feet.
Learn about diabetes by starting with these four fundamentals:
- It’s not just for the overweight.
Many people mistakenly assume that only the overweight or obese can get diabetes. But the truth is, being overweight is only one of many risk factors. Your genetic background, age, race, diet, and activity level all have an influence.
- You won’t suspect you have it if you don’t know the symptoms.
More than 30 million Americans currently have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What’s more, over 7 million others have diabetes and don’t even know it. Perhaps they don’t recognize the symptoms. Perhaps they’re not going for regular medical checkups that could spot them. Symptoms that everyone should be looking out for include having to urinate often, being hungry all the time, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, irritability, frequent infections, and sores that don’t heal or heal slowly.
- Complications are numerous.
High blood sugar affects every cell in the body. Uncontrolled diabetes has been linked to strokes, heart disease, eye damage, nerve damage, gum disease, dry skin, yeast infections in men and women, and kidney malfunction. In your feet, poor circulation and nerve damage lead to numbness, chronic ulcers, and limb amputations.
- It’s possible to live a good life with diabetes.
Although the best approach to diabetes is to completely avoid getting it at all, there are ways to minimize the complications. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining an appropriate weight, taking your diabetes medications as directed, and getting enough exercise all can prevent or delay their onset. Keeping your feet out of danger requires regular checkups at our podiatry office in Solon, Ohio.