Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States and nearly seven million don’t even know they have the disease yet. Diabetes is the inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can lead to serious damage to the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet.
While there is no cure for diabetes, there is hope. With proper diet, exercise, medical care, and carful management at home, a person with diabetes can avoid the most serious complications and enjoy a full and active life.
Today’s podiatrist play a key role in helping patients manage their diabetes successfully and avoid foot-relates complications. Podiatrists are highly trained physicians and surgeons focusing on the foot and ankle and should be an important part of your diabetes management team.