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November 18, 2009
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Annual Free Diabetic Foot Screening

At the office of Dr. Philip Pinsker, DPM
853 Jefferson Ave. Washington, PA
Call to reserve your screening time: 724-225-7410

Diabetes Checklist

Did you know that the feet often provide the first sign of more serious health issues, such as diabetes? People with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet and watch carefully for any signs of complications. Regular foot examinations can help reduce the risk of amputation in people with diabetes by 45 percent to 85 percent.

Do's

  • Inspect feet daily for cuts, blisters, scratches, redness and swelling
  • Remember to inform every doctor you visit that you have diabetes
  • Wash feet daily; always dry carefully between the toes
  • Keep feet warm and dry
  • Use a good skin lotion to protect your feet from cracking and drying, but not between the toes
  • Wear loose-fitting socks to bed if feet are cold; never use heating pads or hot water bottles
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes
  • Inspect the inside of shoes for foreign objects and tom linings each time you put them on

Don'ts

  • Don't walk barefoot, even indoors!
  • Don't smoke. Smoking reduces blood circulation; this can lead to the loss of a leg
  • Don't cut corns or calluses yourself
  • Don't use caustic chemical agents or any other imtants for the removal of corns and calluses
  • Don't wear open-toed shoes, particularly sandals with thongs between toes

 

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