Too strange for fiction……

While not a local story, we're sure you have heard about the man who had his toe bitten off. No, it is not a story that has been passed around the campfire, but rather a Michigan man's experience earlier this month. The headline "Dog eats Rockford man's big toe, saves his life" is pretty odd but not entirely out of place in the Midwest. If you take the time to read the article, you'll see that an Illinois woman had the same thing happen to her only 2 years ago!

But what does all this have to do with the AFAS blog? Well, it gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about diabetes and the associated complications. The man from Michigan was delaying getting checked for fear he might have diabetes. By delaying the diagnosis, the nerves of his feet became so damaged that a small injury to his toe became infected and spread into the bone. This type of infection, osteomyelitis, can spread quickly becoming life threatening.

Diabetes is complicated disease, but you will stay healthier longer by managing your sugars and regular visits with your healthcare team. Simple injuries to your feet can progress quickly if you don't maintain vigilance. Wearing protective footwear, even while at home, is a good way to protect your feet. Another important step to take is to have your yearly diabetic foot exam. Don't wait for your family pet to try and help, rather opt for a quick visit to AFAS. Dr. Thomajan can do a lot to keep you on your feet and avoid complications. Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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