Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Diabetic Foot Care FAQ's

Why should I “knock my socks off” and see a podiatrist?
The feet are said to be mirrors of our general health and can reveal diabetes warning signs such as numbness, redness, swelling, or non-healing wounds. Making at least two appointments a year with today's podiatrist, the foot and ankle expert, to have your feet examined is a critical step in avoiding diabetic foot complications and amputation.
I have been diagnosed with diabetes. What foot complications could I experience?
  • A loss of feeling in your feet
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Amputation
Should I talk about diabetes with my community, family, and friends?
Yes! It is encouraged for those with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk, to openly discuss the disease with family members. According to the International Diabetes Federation, as many as 438 million will have diabetes by 2030. Diabetes is often passed down from generation to generation, especially in the Hispanic community. Don't be embarrassed to talk about it with those closest to you because diabetes is best managed as a team.
What are diabetic ulcers and how can I prevent them?
Diabetic ulcerations are often one of the first signs of complications from diabetes in the lower leg. These ulcers can stem from a small wound or cut on the foot that is slow to heal. If left untreated, ulcers can become harder to treat and could lead to amputation. If discovered early and treated by a podiatrist, ulcers may not lead to amputation.
Can I still see a podiatrist if I don't have medical insurance?
Podiatrists work in health clinics, in addition to private practices, treating patients. Work directly with your podiatrist to create alternative options such as payment plans. Don't let a lack of insurance keep you from receiving proper foot care.
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