If you’re the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, you know how challenging this disease can be, from giving injections to counting carbohydrates to monitoring blood sugar. At Westchester Health, we have many patients with this condition and are very experienced at helping our parents and young patients (when old enough) adequately manage it. To learn more, read this blog (excerpted version) by Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
As a podiatrist with Westchester Health, I see a lot of foot problems caused by diabetes, because these tend to be among the most common complications associated with diabetes. Some of my patients take good care of their feet, but sadly, some do not. If not managed properly, diabetes can cause irreversible damage to the feet and in the worst cases, amputation. As I tell all my diabetic patients, 95% of their diabetes care depends on them.
No matter how careful you try to be as you go through life, minor cuts, scrapes, bruises and sometimes even more serious wounds do happen. When the injury occurs on your feet, heels or ankles, it can be especially painful and hard to heal. That’s why proper care and treatment for a foot wound from the very moment it occurs is very important to ensure proper healing.
Each winter in the US, approximately 15-20% of people with diabetes end up in the hospital because of a foot ulcer or infection. In some cases, these foot problems lead to amputation. That’s why I tell all of my diabetic patients at Westchester Health that foot care is always very important but during the winter, it is even more crucial to keep your feet healthy. Winter moisture, cold and dryness can easily cause numbness and decreased circulation, increasing the risk of a diabetic foot problem.
Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or lifestyle. It can cause serious health problems, including heart attack or stroke, blindness, problems during pregnancy and kidney failure. Diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers. However, diabetes affects women differently than men. More than 13 million women have diabetes, or about one in 10 women aged 20 and older. Women with diabetes have a higher risk for heart disease, a higher risk of blindness and a higher risk for depression.
With help from their pediatrician and a team of endocrinologists and diabetes specialists, along with support from parents, caregivers and school personnel, young children and teens with type 1 diabetes can learn how to maintain this chronic disease and live full, healthy lives, writes Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Lauren Adler, in a recent blog.
Foot problems caused by diabetes are some of the most common complications associated with diabetes. If not managed properly, diabetes can cause chronic complications and often irreversible damage to the feet.