November is Diabetes Awareness Month - Knock Your Socks Off!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month - Knock Your Socks Off!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month - Knock Your Socks Off!
Nov 01, 2012 - Nov 30, 2012

 

The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) is once again urging Californians to take off their socks and have their feet examined in its “Knock Your Socks Off” campaign this November, which coincides with Diabetes Awareness Month and encourages people with diabetes to get an annual foot exam, which can reduce the risk of amputation by 45 percent to 85 percent.

“Your feet are a mirror of your health – especially when you have or are at risk for diabetes,” said CPMA President Karen Wrubel, DPM. The ‘Knock Your Socks Off’ campaign encourages people with diabetes to get an annual foot examination by a podiatric physician, which is particularly important for California’s African American, Hispanic and Native American communities, which are at much greater risk of developing and being diagnosed with diabetes, which in turn can result in foot ulcers, lower limb amputations and higher morbidity rates. Getting annual foot exams, along with maintaining a proper diet and regular exercise (which could be as simple as a daily brisk 30 minute walk) are vital to keeping diabetes under control and living a healthy life.”

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