When Your Parents Have Diabetes


People living with diabetes are our children, our friends, and our neighbors. Our parents may also be included in this group. Whether you still live at home with your parents, or your parents live in the next town, don’t forget to check in with them. The doctors at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC know how diabetes can affect feet, and we’re here to help you remind your parents to take care of themselves, too.

Here are a few questions to ask your parents:

Have you noticed any tingling or numbness in your feet?

People with diabetes are more likely to develop a condition called peripheral neuropathy, which is permanent nerve damage that impacts a person’s ability to feel sensations like hot or cold. Tingling, pain, numbness and a burning sensation are among the symptoms. Ask your parents this question to learn more about their health and encourage them to respond to these symptoms by visiting a podiatrist.

Are there any ways I can help you with your diet?

It may feel backward to ask your parents about their diet, but it’s important. Managing blood sugar levels is one way to maintain a healthy glucose level. If you’re local, see if you can visit the store with parents and select fresh and healthy options. If you’re further away, suggest a few items to add to their grocery list. Take notes — a healthy diet is also one way to prevent diabetes.

Have you been to the podiatrist recently?

Everyone needs a support team. For people with diabetes, this includes a podiatrist. Encourage your parents to regularly schedule appointments with their podiatrist to watch for wounds and early signs of neuropathy. A podiatrist may be able to notice something new or provide helpful advice to slow down or alleviate symptoms.

If your parents live in Westfield, IN, or the Hamilton County area, please tell them to visit our office.  Dr. David Sullivan and his team would be happy to join their support team so that they can live happily and healthily. Schedule a visit with us today or call (317) 896-6655.