Michigan native Greg Willams had always led an active, athletic lifestyle, so it came as a shock to him when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Thinking that he was healthy enough, Williams didn’t seek any treatment, and the disease started to take its toll.
He began to get unbearable pains, hallucinations, and was even temporarily blinded. Despite undergoing double cataract surgery, he didn’t improve his diet or seek follow-up treatment, and a large ulcer developed on his foot. As the disease progressed doctors had to amputate one of his legs, and then the other. Diabetes is the sixth-highest cause of death in Michigan, and his story shows how important it is to be educated about the effects of this disease.
Being aware of your feet as a diabetic will help keep you healthy. If as a diabetic you experience any sores or pains have your feet examined yearly by a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. at Foot First Podiatry. Attention from a board-certified doctor is highly recommended for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.
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