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…

Smoking, Vaping, and Your Foot Health

smoking vape penSmoking is at an all-time low in the United States. That’s not a huge surprise since we’re taught cigarettes cause breathing problems, heart disease, and lung cancer at a very early age. Gone are those “Mad Men” days of the 1960s when everyone was constantly lighting up a cigarette at home, at the office, sitting at a bar, or in a restaurant. Fast forward to…

Understanding PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Peripheral Arterial DiseaseIf you’ve ever had a clogged sink in your home, you’ve got an idea of what’s it like to have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Something in your sink drain prevents the water from emptying down the sink – maybe some clumps of hair. Water trickles around the hair, and it eventually makes it down the drain. When you have PAD, the arteries leading to your…

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:…

3 Compelling Reasons to Check Your Feet Right Now

88971925 Podiatry Doctor Curing An Elderly Patient FootSince the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine, people have been putting off getting medical care for many issues. Foot problems are no exception. As a result, issues not fixed early have likely gotten worse.  It’s neither safe nor wise to put off certain types of care. So, check your feet right now if any of the following statements apply to you. You have diabetes. Even…