Most people can relate to not wanting to go the doctor until it becomes absolutely, critically necessary. Even in significant pain, a large percentage of the population would rather wait it out than get it checked. Maybe that’s your husband, or your parents. Maybe that’s you.
While we may in some sense respect your resolve, the truth is that wait until the last minute can have drastic consequences if you have diabetes, particularly if you have a wound or other problem with your feet. With diabetes (or other diseases and conditions that reduce nerve function and/or blood flow to feet and ankles) even small problems can quickly escalate to wounds that won’t heel, infections that can even reach the bone, and ultimately can necessitate an amputation (or even put your life at risk).
The statistics are stark. About 10 percent of the American population—that’s 30 million people—are thought to have diabetes, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming decades. And among people with diagnosed diabetes, nearly 100,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations are performed each and every year as a direct result of wounds or other injuries.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
The truth is, the vast majority of those tens of thousands of diabetic limb amputations performed every year are completely preventable. You can live a full, active, healthy life with diabetes without losing a limb, but you have to be proactive. That means inspecting your feet every day for nicks, scrapes, or trouble spots. That means setting regular diabetic foot appointments with your podiatry team and sticking to them. It means seeking professional care as soon as possible once you realize something might be wrong, rather than procrastinating and waiting for the problem to get worse and worse.
At Family Foot and Ankle Center, our podiatrists have decades of combined experience working with diabetic patients. From regular inspections to wound care to the latest diagnostic tools, we have the technology and the training you need to maintain your foot health and keep your limbs before it’s too late.
But all the training and technology in the world won’t help if you don’t take that first step! Don’t gamble with the long-term health of your feet and ankles. Be proactive, and give us a call today at 888-689-3317 for a diabetic checkup. We have six offices in and around Cincinnati to serve you best. You can also request an appointment online.