The ABCs of Managing Diabetes

Diabetes ComplicationsIt’s hard work to keep diabetes under control. Managing diabetes by regulating your blood sugar can be difficult and time-consuming. Worrying about all the complications of diabetes can be emotionally taxing. So, what if you could break down diabetes self-care into simple terms? The American Diabetes Association reminds us to break it down to our “ABCs.” ABC’s of Managing Diabetes A = A1C. A1C is…

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

514650669 S Blood Pressure Cuff Doctor PatientLet’s approach the end of American Diabetes Awareness Month with some vital questions: will you get diabetes? Is there any reason to be worried? Are there steps you should be taking to reduce your risk? These are some great questions to bring to your doctor at your next physical. But even before that, you can begin to assess your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.…

Let’s Talk about Diabetic Foot Care

72605946 S Shoes Shoe Lace Heart Diabetes Check StripsAmerican Diabetes Month (November) raises awareness of a disease that affects 34 million of our citizens. Even those who live with diabetes struggle with the staggering amount of information to know and understand. For patients and friends of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we’re offering this list of words associated with diabetes and diabetic foot care.  Words to know if you are a diabetic:…

Don’t Fall for These Diabetes Myths

46737615 Diabetes Text, 3d Medicical ConceptLet’s do a little math: currently, there are 334,884,221 people in the United States. About 34,200,000 of them have diabetes. 34,200,000÷334,884,221 = 10% 10% of us have diabetes. That’s huge! And you’d think that we’d all be pretty conversant about something that affects one person in every 10. Sadly, we’re not. Diabetes continues to be misunderstood. November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  We at Foot &…

COVID-19 and People with Underlying Conditions

13904812 M Patient Waiting Room TabletRecently, the Centers for Disease Control expanded its list of underlying health conditions that put people at an increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19. The list now includes those who suffer from the following health conditions: coronary artery disease COPD obesity chronic kidney disease high blood pressure moderate to severe asthma liver disease pregnancy smoking type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and COVID-19 Type 2 diabetes…

What’s Your Risk of Developing Diabetes?

47542744 Prevent Diabetes Against Indicators Of Healthy LifestyleWould you be surprised to learn that diabetes is extremely damaging to your feet? High blood sugar damages nerves and blood vessels, which makes the feet especially vulnerable to two things: numbness and slow healing. When your feet are numb, it’s much harder for you to detect a problem such as a cut or a scrape. That’s a real problem for diabetics when they also…

The Lisfranc Injury: It’s Complicated

32505827 Arthritis At Ankle Joint (gout , Rheumatoid Arthritis)Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin was a well-known 18th-century surgeon. These days, at least among podiatry specialists like us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, his name only comes up when we’re talking about a specific area of the midfoot: the Lisfranc joint complex. An injury to the foot in the Lisfranc complex is, well, complicated. A Lisfranc injury can be difficult to diagnose,…

Strategies to Stick to a Healthy Diabetes Diet on Thanksgiving

48070183 Healthy Food In Heart And Cholesterol Diet Concept On Vintage BoardsNovember is Thanksgiving month, of course, and many of us look forward to time spent with our families, sharing a bountiful table. But it’s also American Diabetes Month, an opportunity for diabetics to recommit to keeping their disease under control. What a tough juxtaposition of November observances! The possibility of soaring blood sugar levels lurks behind every mound of mashed potatoes and each warm slice…

Do You Need a Podiatrist if You’ve Got Diabetes?

106546227 S Diabetes Glucometer Patient Doctor Sugar LevelWe’re just going to jump in and answer this blog’s title question right away: YES! Anyone with diabetes should have their feet checked at least once a year by a qualified foot specialist. And once-yearly checkups are not always enough. That’s because diabetics are prone to two types of problems that podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose: Neuropathy (nerve damage): When you feel pain, it’s…

8 Ways for Seniors to Create a Safer Living Space

71919070 S Senior Stairs Man Carpet StepEvery 11 seconds in the United States, a senior citizen is treated in the hospital after experiencing a fall. Many of these falls result in a traumatic injury, such as a broken hip or brain damage. They can trigger a downward spiral into poor health. They can rob older adults of their independence. What’s a senior to do? During September, Falls Prevention Awareness month, the…