November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Nov 01, 2015 - Nov 30, 2015


Reflect on Your Feet!


They say eyes are the windows to the soul, but for people with diabetes, their feet can be the truest tell for any looming health issues.

Of the more than 28 million people in the US with diabetes, about half will develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the lower extremities. This nerve damage means an open sore or injury on the foot may go unnoticed until it becomes infected, which can eventually lead to the need for partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation.

However, while the risk of foot complications may be frightening, there are many ways in which you can prevent non-traumatic lower-limb amputation by reflecting on your feet!

Take a step in the right direction by having your feet checked regularly by a podiatric physician. Podiatric physicians are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet, based on their education, training, and experience! When you add a podiatric physician to your health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the the effects of diabetes on your feet.

Those with diabetes should see a podiatric physician twice a year to have their feet examined.  To find a licensed California podiatric physician near your click here

Whether you've recently been diagnosed or have been fighting the disease for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.

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