Today, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise, with the complications of this metabolic disorder representing one of the most challenging public health problems of the 21st Century. According to The National Diabetes Statistics Report, a periodic publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States alone, over 34 million people, or more than 10% of the population, have diabetes. These numbers include both diagnosed and undiagnosed cases across all age groups. However, a closer look reveals the statistics are actually higher for adults. As it stands, 13.0% of adults 18 yrs. of age and older across the country have diabetes, with that number rising to 26.8% among those age 65 and over.
The overriding concern with diabetes is that the disease can have severe consequences to one's health and well-being when not adequately managed. Among other things, diabetes contributes to the development of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, dental problems, nerve impairment, and complicated medical issues in the feet and lower extremities.
For people with diabetes, even the smallest blister, sore, or cut on the foot can pose tremendous health risks. In reality, something as minor as irritation from a small pebble in a shoe can quickly progress from a wound that doesn't heal to a dangerous infection that can lead to amputation and even a life-threatening situation. The statistics are alarming. More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
At the office of Adamov Podiatry, we provide the skilled and experienced podiatric care required to help prevent the onset of diabetic-related foot problems. We're dedicated to our patients' care and comfort and maintain a position at the forefront of advances in technology and treatment. With our comprehensive range of services, we do our utmost to help patients enjoy optimal foot health while providing care that supports their overall health and well-being.