Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Winter Feet

Socks Hiking Boots 80931 S 150x150Maintaining healthy feet during the winter is a matter of keeping them warm and dry. Also, it’s about keeping them safe from injury, frostbite, the pain of Raynaud’s disease, and the effects of diabetes. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind as we count the days until spring. Do update your sock drawer. If you’re outside hiking, running, or shoveling the snow…

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…

Changes in Your Feet May Be Telling You Something

8736511 S Feet Walking“There is nothing permanent except change,” a wise Greek philosopher once said. Life throws change at us all the time – including physical changes in our body. However, you shouldn’t accept all changes in your feet as normal. Changes in how your feet look, feel, or move can be signs of trouble not only in your feet but in other bodily systems as well. Here…

How to Stop Heel Cracks in Their Tracks

61481209 S Moisturize Foot Cream Calluses LotionFor so many of us in northeastern Ohio, Old Man Winter hands out the same gift year after year: cracked heels. It’s not all the Old Man’s fault, however. We can take most of the credit for setting up the ideal circumstances for dry skin. Heel cracks can happen due to: Heat – once the furnace kicks in to warm up the house, our skin…

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…

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.…

Here’s What Happens When You Quit Smoking

39948535 Blond Woman SmokingIf you’re a smoker, we’re talking to you today. The nation observes The Great American Smokeout on November 19, 2020.  In honor of this day, we want to point out the benefits of quitting smoking over time. Quitting smoking quickly sets off a chain of positive effects to your health that are pretty astounding. What happens when you quit smoking? Within 20 minutes of quitting,…

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 &…

Custom Orthotics: A Simple, Effective Way to Treat a Wide Range of Foot Problems

Leather Orthopedic Insoles With Boot. Blue Background.There are hundreds of reasons why your feet might hurt. But the one simple solution to your foot pain could be custom orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct various foot problems such as bunions, high or low arches, ankles that turn in when you walk or run, arthritis, toe deformities, and nerve pain. These problems arise from underlying issues such as: biomechanical imbalances stress…