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By Michelle Kim
November 12, 2014
Category: diabetes

 

 

"To The Veterans of the United States of America: Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom, thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness, for freedom of speech, and for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted.”

                                                Sara Niles, Torn From the Inside Out

 

Veteran’s Day annually falls on November 11th and marks an important day of honoring our veterans for their loyalty, hard work, and willingness to serve their country. We take time to celebrate the sacrifice and achievements of millions of Americans who have served and protected our nation both in times of peace, and war.

While this day is most dear to us, November brings to light another topic that affects millions of Americans and Veterans alike, Diabetes. American Diabetes Month is a time of raising awareness of the issues surrounding diabetes, as well as highlighting the people that this disease impacts. While Veterans Day and diabetes awareness are both very different topics, during this month it is important to realize how they relate and why feet are such an important factor.

 

How do they relate?

 

According to the American Diabetes Association, right now, 5.5 Million Veterans receive VA (Veteran’s Health Administration) health care services. Out of those 5.5 million veterans, every 1 out of 4 has diabetes.

 

What does this have to do with feet?

 

There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes, some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral arterial disease or amputations.

Here are some common problems associated with diabetes:

 

Neuropathy: Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs as well as pain.

Skin Changes: Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.

Foot Ulcers: Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers on the sides of the foot are usually due to poorly fitting shoes.

Poor Circulation: Blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden

 

How can DMFA help?

Here at the DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Emini and I offer comprehensive and healthy foot treatments for the different complications that may occur with diabetes. We schedule annual foot examinations, in which we observe and treat overall health of patient’s skin, circulation, nerves, and foot structure. For neuropathic feet, we cut toenails safely and take care of calluses, which can ulcerate if left untreated. In terms of foot protection, we have 3 different lines of diabetic shoes (approved by Medicare) that help protect the feet with extra thickness in the soles. We offer all of these services and many more! Make sure to call our office with any questions or to schedule a foot exam if you are having problems like the ones mentioned above.

Be sure to help raise awareness of diabetes this month, and to thank each and every one of the veterans in your life!

BY: Michelle Kim

November is more than Thanksgiving and Butterball turkey -- it's also Diabetes Awareness Month!

Did you know that in the United States alone, this disease impacts about 8 percent of the population, or 25 million people?  Anyone can get the disease. Some famous faces who suffer from the condition are:

Paula Deen: The 64-year-old celebrity chef known for her high-fat Southern food made news last year when she announced she had type 2 diabetes.  While poor diet doesn't always lead to diabetes, being overweight is a strong contributor.

Randy Jackson: The "American Idol" judge weighed over 300 pounds when he was diagnosed, and his blood sugar level was a staggering 500 mg/dL.  The normal range is between 80 and 110.  His father also suffered from the disease – family history is another risk factor for developing this.

Halle Barry: The actress has been managing her diabetes since she was 22.  With a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle change, she no longer requires insulin. 

Diabetes can affect the cardiovascular and neurological systems.  That means diabetics can be more prone to heart attacks, stroke, poor circulation in the legs and feet and kidney failure. In the feet, diabetics can suffer from skin changes, open sores, infection, nail problems, numbness or even amputations. 

The American Diabetes Association recommends an annual foot exam by your podiatrist (Dr. Diana Emini and myself can provide these exams at our Lemont office.)  Other services that are covered by insurance include circulation tests, diabetic shoes and shoe inserts, nail care and wound care. By seeking care from a podiatrist early on, the chances of keeping the feet healthy and free of amputations are significantly higher!

Many elderly tend to keep their feet hidden in shoes all day long, and what no one may realize is there could be a problem lurking in the feet.  The only way to find out is to get checked out.  If you or a loved one has diabetes, DM Foot & Ankle Associates is the place for you.

By Michelle Kim