You have diabetes and your Valentine keeps hounding you to go your endocrinologist and your podiatrist. But you’re too busy hanging out with your buddies and you don’t want anyone telling you that your feet will fall off if you don't take care of them. You figure if you just ignor the pain, burning and numbness it will go away.

Well I'm here to tell you that the symptoms you're experiencing aren't likely to go away. They've probably been developing for a long time and may have preceded your diagnosis of diabetes. These symptoms are a hallmark of diabetic neuropathy and can lead to ulcers and loss of a foot if not treated properly.

As a Seattle podiatrist here are some ways to decrease the chance of your health taking a big step backward because of your condition.

  • Get an annual check-up with your endocrinologist and podiatrist (your podiatrist will conduct a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam or CDFE to see if your condition is stable or progressing)

  • Follow the recommendations for your endocrinologist and dietician to ensure you are keeping your blood sugars stable

  • Wear well-fitting shoes with a wider toe box. Many people with diabetes are also eligible to receive special shoes that prevents blisters and other problems which can lead to ulcers.

  • Do a visual inspection of your feet on a daily basis. Since you can't feel problems as they occur, eyeballing your feet will let you know if you have a cut, blister, or swelling and need to see your podiatrist.

  • Buy Dr. Comfort Diabetic Socks at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City; these socks promote blood circulation while reducing the moisture and microbial growth that can cause infections.

Your Valentine will likely love you no matter what, but wouldn't it be great to be able to do the things you love together because you can still walk. If you have neuropathy, give a call today at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online. I've been treating people with diabetes for over 30 years in my clinic and at the Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center.

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