By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Carel
June 20, 2018
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes  

This month, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are turning the spotlight on our male patients in honor of Men’s Health Month. Research has shown some common factors in the way that men deal with illness and treatment that can lead to increased risk and a greater number of complications. One area in particular that this has been shown to be true is in dealing with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that can have a serious impact on the health of your feet. Decreased circulation and neuropathy (or nerve damage)—two conditions commonly associated with diabetes—can result in injury to your feet and even amputation due to infections that are difficult to heal. If you are a man (or a woman who loves one), overcome the myths below and get the treatment you need to stay healthy and active for many years to come.

“I’m afraid of getting bad news.”

This is the number one reason men give for not bringing unusual symptoms to the doctor. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. Knowing the signs and seeking evaluation and treatment early will greatly decrease your risk of debilitating complications. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly and bringing anything unusual to the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. Some signs to look for include:

  • Sores or cuts on your feet that don’t seem to be healing
  • Swelling, bruising or pain in your feet
  • Loss of sensation and/or burning or tingling in your feet
  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

“I have too many obligations to fit in doctor’s appointments and treatments.”

One study showed that for men and women who had equal access to health care for diabetes, women had better outcomes due to fewer missed appointments and adhered to treatment instructions better than men. Your family, your job, and your other commitments will suffer more if you become incapacitated from complications of diabetes. It’s an investment in yourself and the people you love to make the time for treatment and monitoring if you have diabetes.

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

You may feel embarrassed about talking about symptoms of diabetes. For example, erectile dysfunction is sometimes caused by this disease, but many men are not aware of that fact. Avoiding discussing symptoms or concerns won’t make them go away! If you have questions about your risk of diabetes or any unusual foot symptoms, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office by calling: 732-662-3050. You and your loved ones will be glad you did!