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Proper Foot Care Could Prevent Complications, Amputation for Diabetics

BOARDMAN, Ohio (Nov. 12, 2018) - If you have diabetes, your feet are at risk for serious complications, some even life-threatening. Performing daily foot exams could prevent these conditions, including amputation.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower leg amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease.

"We advise patients with diabetes or those at risk to do daily foot exams and schedule checkups by a podiatrist at least twice a year to prevent ulcers, corns and calluses, or more severe conditions" said Dr. DiDomenico, who treats diabetic patients at Ankle & Foot Care Centers offices in Boardman (Market St.), Youngstown and East Liverpool.

A comprehensive foot care treatment plan, including risk assessment, foot care education, preventative therapy, treatment of foot problems, as well as referral to specialists, can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85 percent, says the Centers for Diseases Control.

Podiatrists are medically trained to treat foot conditions that result from diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection and diabetic ulcers, which can lead to amputation if caught too late.

A diabetic ulcer is an open sore or wound that most commonly occurs on the bottom of the foot. Ulcers surface in about 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, more than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications from diabetes. And every thirty seconds, a limb is lost to diabetes worldwide.

"Often times it's hard for patients with diabetic neuropathy to feel an ulcer on the bottom of their feet, due to loss of feeling, so they should make it a habit to check daily, because once an ulcer is noticed, individuals should seek care from a podiatrist immediately," Dr. DiDomenico urges. "Timely treatment will reduce the risk of infection and amputation. Treatment can also improve function and quality of life and reduce the likelihood of expensive medical care in the future."

Neuropathy can also lead to complications, including foot ulcers. Podiatrists can treat diabetic neuropathy, in some patients, by decompressing the patient's nerves to restore feeling and function.

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For more information, contact:

Dan Pecchia
Pecchia Communications
(330) 720-6912
dan@pecchiacomm.com

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