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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Foot Care

If you have diabetes, are you making foot care a priority?

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, proper foot care takes one of the top spots in the list of things you need to do for your health. Dr. Washington, PA foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinsker, unfortunately sees how having diabetes can put feet in great danger and even susceptible to amputation.

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. In 2006, there were about 65,000 amputations performed in people with diabetes. Preventative care is an essential part of diabetes care. Monitoring your feet for injuries big or small is extremely important.

When you are checking your feet, you want to keep an eye out for any sore that could potentially become a problem. Diabetes affects your circulation and your body’s ability to heal so a small problem can turn disastrous quickly. A small sore can turn into an ulcer, which could lead to amputation. Keep an eye out for the following:

Loss of feeling or neuropathy can make it easy for a small sore to hide and not be felt until it has become a serious concern. Look for sores and any changes to your skin on a daily basis. If you aren’t able to, have a family member help.

Dr. Pinsker can offer some easy and effective ways to prevent foot sores. Contact our podiatric office today for helpful tips or for diabetic foot care, call (724) 225-7410.

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