Look Out for These Symptoms of Diabetes

diabetesDo you know when something’s going wrong in your body? Sure – you usually have symptoms such as pain, swelling, coughing, or fever. And you fix them, perhaps after a visit to the doctor. However, the human body isn’t always so direct. Some symptoms can be elusive, and you may not recognize them as problematic. Diabetes is one of those diseases that can be difficult…

5 Winter Foot Care Tips for Diabetic Feet

winter foot care tipsWhat have you been doing to prepare for the cold weather? Filling up the oil tank? Calling the snowplow guy? What about preparations for your own precious human body? If you’ve got diabetes, this is a crucial question. Diabetes, as our patients know well, can affect the feet in several ways: Peripheral arterial disease stops blood from flowing to the areas farthest from the heart…

5 Diabetes Complications of the Feet

diabetesLet’s dive more deeply into some of the effects of diabetes on the feet that we touched upon in last week’s blog. We mentioned five effects: wounds that won’t heal, fungal infections, numbness, cracked heels, and weakened bones: Wounds that won’t heal. For the non-diabetic, a cut or scrape is usually no big deal and will heal quickly. That’s not always the case for people…

6 Powerful Reasons to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Awareness MonthThirty-four million people in the United States have Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, all of them are at a higher risk of health complications in ways that might surprise you. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s look into six of these complications: Legs and feet can develop problems with circulation and nerve function. Our patients with diabetes are more susceptible to certain lower limb issues…

How Neuropathy Affects Your Feet

neuropathyTingling, burning, or weakness in your feet are signs you may have peripheral neuropathy. What is neuropathy? Neuropathy means “disease of the nervous system.” So right away, you know that it’s a problem with your nerves. Which nerves? That’s where the term “peripheral” comes in. It refers to all nerves not located in the brain or spinal cord (that’s the “central nervous system”). If our…