We don’t talk enough about our feet. For a diabetic, this is especially needed. My uncle lost his leg to diabetes as well as many others I know. I also know many with diabetic neuropathy, which can be improved or eliminated with proper lifestyle changes.
My good friend, Dr. Wilma Hunt-Watts is a podiatric physician. She is all too familiar with foot care and diabetes. You may have heard Dr. Hunt-Watts on Sirius XM radio, spreading the word on foot care. Dr. Hunt-Watts is a surgeon, has cared for our veterans and works in telemedicine.
If you are not familiar with telemedicine, it’s similar to how I coach long distance. You can have a consultation over the phone or video chat, right from your own home.
Holistic health care is what we both believe in. It’s about our nutrition, stress-management, improved sleep, learning to listen to what our bodies are telling us and always include our feet in our overall care.
Dr. Hunt-Watts has a message to get you started thinking about your feet, “Take it away Dr. Hunt-Watts!”
“Thank you, Denise. Hi everyone! Just because your feet are at the bottom of your body is no reason to forget them. Have you visited with a podiatrist? Podiatrists are highly qualified specialists of the lower extremities who are trained to recognize the early signs of diabetic foot disorder.
Develop a strong partnership with your podiatrist. After being diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, you must start looking for a medical provider who can help you keep your feet in tip-top shape. The relationship you develop with your doctor should be an open and trusted friendship from the very beginning.
My mother underwent partial amputation of her foot as a result of a diabetic foot ulcer that would not heal. In an effort to save her life, the decision had to be made to amputate part of her foot to stop the spread of infection. The amputation allowed her to live another ten years, raise grandchildren, and give joy to her family, all of which would have otherwise been cut short.
Always protect your feet, no matter what! Developing a routine early on is your best defense. Educating yourself about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and how diabetes affects your feet will give you the ammunition you need to win the fight.
Here's a great way to start, recruit a family member (e.g., spouse, grandchild, or child) or trusted friend to routinely look at your feet on a daily or weekly basis to help put a second pair of eyes on the situation.
If a problem does develop, do not delay in seeking medical treatment: GET HELP FAST!!! Every moment you do not address a problem with your feet, the chances of the situation worsening increases dramatically over time. Remember: Time is against you in this situation.”
Dr. Hunt-Watts offers 5 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet at TheSoleDoc.com. You can contact Dr. Hunt-Watts at: (516) 325-1676 or TheSoleDoctor@gmail.com. Dr. Hunt-Watts will be back providing more information on foot care.
Please don’t be one of the 73,000 people annually who endure amputation. While lifestyle changes may be hard, it’s harder to walk with only one foot.
Until next time, wishing you the best of health!