As a Seattle podiatrist who serves diabetic patients every day, I was thrilled to hear the great news about the drop in new cases of diabetes in the United States. In 2014 there were 1.4 million new cases, down from 1.7 million in 2008.
Although there seems to a correlation with Americans taking on better eating habits and more physical activity, experts can't say for sure. However, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obesity rates, which drive rates of Type 2 diabetes, have stopped rising which would add fuel to the evidence.
Even with all this great news diabetes is still double what it was in the 1990s, so I urge my patients who do not have diabetes and are overweight to talk to their primary care provider.
For my patients with diabetes, weight loss is also a necessary goal. With lowered weight and better maintenance of their blood sugars people with diabetes help prevent one of the major issues that cause toe and foot amputations--ulcers.
Other ways to prevent foot ulcers:
Inspect feet daily using a mirror to check the soles of your feet for open sores or cracks.
Wear soft socks made out of bamboo or some other material that wicks away moisture.
Buy a pair of shoes that fit well and don't cause blister or sores. Look for shoes with a roomy toebox.
Exercise improves circulation: do it daily.
Wear shoes or slippers at home to prevent scrapes and cuts.
Most importantly, people with diabetes need to have an annual Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.