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…

Don’t Let COVID-19 Stand in the Way of Proper Diabetic Foot Care

14530099 Doctor Bandaging Foot Patient In Hospital.Amputation has always been an awful possibility for anyone with diabetes. Proper diabetic foot care is crucial. Now, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland warns our diabetic patients the possibility of amputation has increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s been an increase in the number of lower limb amputations throughout the world. One reason is that COVID-19 can attack the vascular system in some…

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 &…

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…

Your Family Can Play an Important Role in Diabetes Management

8108546 L Family Happy Smiling ChildrenDo you have to handle the stress of diabetes alone? Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the two expert foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, hope that the answer is no. So who’s around to help you get through a life with diabetes? Well, certain members of your team are kind of obvious: first, your primary care physician; second,…

Travel Tips for People with Diabetes

52400058 Elderly Woman DrivingIf you’ve got diabetes, you do your best every day to monitor what you eat and drink. You know when it’s time to pull out the test strips and check your blood sugar levels. Managing diabetes takes time, effort, and organization – all of which can get very tricky when you go on vacation. But with some careful forethought and preparation, people with diabetes can…

4 Fundamental Things to Know About Diabetes

95082683 Elderly Woman Bare Swollen Feet On Grass With WalkerDr. 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…

5 Cold-Weather Truths for Diabetic Feet

44487387 S Boots Snow Woman Supportive WarmBaby, it’s cold outside! Cold temps can pose a challenge to anyone’s feet. But the cold, hard truth is that diabetics must pay special attention. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we’d like to remind our diabetic patients that protecting your feet is more urgent than it is for most people. And that includes protection from the ravages of winter. Here are some cold-weather…