Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Diabetic Amputations- Doesn't Have To be Your Future!

Somewhere in the world, a leg is lost to diabetes every 30 seconds. Worldwide, diabetes take a life every seven seconds. Yet, preventative podiatric visits can drastically reduce life-threatening diabetic foot complications!
Whether you're one of the 24 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes or you're one of the nearly seven million Americans who don't know they have diabetes, frequent podiatric visits are no longer an option.
Diabetes affects many parts of your body, but your feet are especially susceptible. Over time, elevated blood sugar levels can impair your immune response and blood flow, leaving your lower extremities extremely vulnerable to infection, ulcers, and wounds. Once down this road, it's difficult to hit reverse.
And, just because you have an infection on your feet doesn't mean that it's going to stay in your feet. You can't afford to risk the potentially devastating effects of a fast-spreading infection.
If you don't take care of your feet, you can end up with severe ulceration- the primary factor leading to lower-extremity amputations. Fortunately, going to a podiatrist for diabetic foot care regularly has been proven to reduce this tragic outcome by as much as 85 percent.
Contact us if you or a loved one notices any tingling, redness, skin discoloration, coldness, or swelling of the feet, or if you have a blister, sore, or cut that isn't healing.
The good news is that if caught early, we can prevent and successfully treat diabetic foot complications. Keeping your legs, ankles, and feet healthy will help you stay active and healthier all over. Remember that if you're having discomfort, pain, or another problem in your feet it is often an indication of your overall health and wellness.
Anyone with an immune deficiency, poor circulation, or a nerve disorder such as peripheral neuropathy (which diabetics often have) that diminishes the feeling in your feet, can develop a dangerous infection you may not even know about.
Diabetic foot amputations don't have to be part of your future- be smart and see a podiatrist!
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