Each November, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers recognize American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious condition that affects over 30 million men, women, and children. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in our country. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson that it can have severe consequences for your feet. Some problems associated with diabetes include:
- Poor circulation
- Wounds and ulcers
- Skin infections
For this reason, it’s essential that you schedule regular checkups at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 offices to ensure that the foot doctor can monitor your condition and detect any problems in their earliest stages.
Diabetes you from living a “normal” and active life. Below are just a few suggestions for ways to keep your diabetes under control and help prevent complications.
Cook more meals at home—this way you can control the ingredients you use as well as the cooking method. Your doctor will tell you the types of food and amounts that are optimal for you. Maintaining a healthy weight is key and there are many delicious options. Don’t be afraid to explore new cuisine and recipes.
Take a dance class—being physically active also helps keep diabetes in check. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring!
Commit to foot self-exams—between appointments you should be inspecting your feet daily. Talk to the podiatrist about identifying early signs of possible complications. Report swelling, rashes, growths, wounds that don’t seem to be healing and any changes in sensation in your feet to the podiatrist promptly.
Go shoe shopping—no, we’re not suggesting a dose of retail therapy, but rather that you replace shoes when they are worn out and make sure that you carefully choose your footwear to avoid blisters. Pick styles with roomy toes boxes and made of soft, flexible materials, and avoid high heels.
Make a date with your friends—patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for depression. A good support system and people you can talk to help you stay mentally healthy.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact one of our Macomb county offices.