November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s time to get people thinking about their health and how this condition may impact their feet and ankles. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which a person has higher glucose levels. These higher levels can damage tissues and organs in the body. One of the best ways to be proactive is to know your status. Here are a few questions to consider. At Gentle Touch Footcare, we’re here to start a conversation about diabetes that may impact your feet.
Are you pre-diabetic?
You wouldn’t be the first person to be unaware of their pre-diabetic status. In fact, most people don’t know that they have blood sugar levels a little lower than what a doctor could diagnose as “diabetes.” Get a blood sugar test to know more about your health.
Do you have risk factors?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have an unhealthy diet or a poor workout schedule?
- Do you have a sibling or parent who has diabetes?
Are you ignoring warning signs?
- Tingling or numbness in your feet
- Wounds that take longer than usual to heal
- Constant thirst or frequent urination
Are you being proactive?
Take action! Did you know that you can reduce your risk of diabetes by making a few changes to how you live your life?
- Add more exercise to your week
- Choose healthy food options
- Keep your weight down
- Don’t skip your doctor’s appointments
- Stop smoking
- Limit your alcohol intake
What does diabetes mean for my feet and ankles?
If you have diabetes, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Together, you and your diabetes management team can work on a plan to stay ahead of potential complications that may impact your feet. Complications include peripheral neuropathy, decreased circulation, and non-healing wounds, such as foot ulcers.
To check on the status of your feet, assess your risk for developing pre-diabetes, or create a plan of action, make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668.