Men: Let’s Talk About Diabetes

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June is Men’s Health Month, and studies have revealed some differences between the way men and women deal with diabetes that could prove detrimental to the health of male patients. Here at Gentle Professional Foot Care, we want all of our patients to live long and active lives. To that end, we want to encourage the men in our practice (and ask for some help from the women who love them) to avoid the following scenarios:

Not bringing unusual foot symptoms to the podiatrist.

Research has shown that men often avoid making an appointment with the podiatrist to discuss any abnormalities they may have found in their feet because they fear getting bad news. Ironically, the longer a patient waits, the greater the likelihood that a condition will progress to a more severe state that is harder to correct. Our podiatrist Dr. Charles A. Suleskey wants to encourage patients to examine their feet regularly. In many instances, the initial symptoms of diabetes will be found in the feet. Check for:

  • Changes in color
  • Cut or wounds that are very slow to heal
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation
  • Unexplained bruising, swelling and pain

Diabetes is manageable. Your podiatrist is your partner in helping control the effects of diabetes on your feet. Having diabetes does not mean the end of the active life you love. Not treating it however, can result in permanent nerve damage, wounds and other serious consequences.

Not following all the foot doctor’s instructions.

Did you know that it’s been shown, when comparing similar cases of diabetes in men and women who have the same access to health care, that women have better outcomes than men? The reason for this is that women are more diligent about developing and executing a care plan. Women have fewer missed appointments and tend to be better at doing what the doctor recommends. Men may see regular appointments with the podiatrist or following a care regimen as a sign of weakness, but this attitude can result in significant disability.

Not speaking up when treatments are not working.

While male patients may not want to turn the spotlight on a health problem, they need to speak out if a treatment doesn’t seem to be achieving the desired results or if there are other impediments to podiatric care. If you find it difficult to keep your appointments, for example, due to work or family obligations, or if you believe your condition is getting worse, contact our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999. Our caring staff will work with you to ensure the best podiatric care possible.