Sunday, May 3, 2009

Foot Exams For Diabetics

According to estimates, more than 86,000 amputations of the lower leg or foot are performed on diabetics in the United States each year. More than 70 percent of these amputations are caused by infected foot ulcers, many of which can be prevented with routine foot exams. When a primary care doctor or podiatrist examines a patients foot, the patient is checked for nerve sensations, skin abnormalities, swelling, drainage, and foot deformities that may place excessive pressure on the affected area (i.e., bunions or hammertoes). Diabetics require these exams because their condition typically leads to decreased feeling in the extremities and circulation problems. Diabetics at high risk for ulcers should be checked every two to three months.
Self-care may not be the best option for diabetics when it comes to their health, unless directed by a podiatrist. At SHENANDOAH PODIATRY, we've seen the results of what happens when foot problems are left untreated or are only self-treated. A better avenue of defense is to see a foot specialist. If you suffer from diabetes and notice foot ulcers, or if your feet hurt for any reason, and you don't have a podiatrist, we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Dedicated To Your Healthy Feet,
Dr. Jennifer Feeny

P.S. All diabetics should have their feet professionally examined at least once a year.

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