Diabetes Awareness - See A Podiatrist!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

What you can't feel might hurt you.                                                                                          People with diabetes can experience nerve damage called neuropathy, which causes a loss of feeling in the feet. This means people with diabetes may injure their foot and not know it. These injuries can become infected and lead to amputation.

Reflect on your feet.
A daily foot exam, along with regular visits to the podiatrist, is the best way to prevent foot complications and amputation. If you have trouble reaching your feet, prop up a mirror on the floor or ask a friend or family member to help.

 
Look for the "DPM."   
See a podiatrist at least twice per year. Podiatrists are trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. Be sure you're seeing the most qualified health-care professional to treat your feet by looking for the letters "DPM" after his or her name. Seeing a podiatrist for foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
 
 

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