Is blood sugar all I need to monitor with diabetes?

When it comes to monitoring diabetes, most people know that blood sugar (glucose) levels need to be carefully tracked. There are, however, other things to take into consideration that should be given attention, too.

Checking your feet on a daily basis is important to catch problems before they get worse. Look for signs of excessively dry skin, calluses, and foot ulcers—these can put you at risk for infection and serious complications.

In addition, it is important to monitor blood pressure. This should be the same in your arm as it is down by your feet. If it is significantly lower in the foot, this means that you are experiencing circulation issues that need to be addressed.

You should also maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly and eating a proper diet.

If you need further help with regard to the important act of monitoring diabetes, the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are here for you. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS are Austin, TX, can help with all of your diabetic foot care needs. Call us at (512) 328-8900 to schedule an appointment today!

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