All About Diabetes

It is estimated that 20-25% of Americans who have diabetes will suffer from foot problems. People with diabetes will usually have very poor blood circulation, dry heels, leg pain, open sores on the feet, develop neuropathy (damaged nerves causing a loss of sensation), or see changes in their skin color. It is very critical that you see a podiatrist as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes so that he or she can do a complete evaluation.

What you can do to prevent Diabetic Foot Problems?

The following is a list of just a few things that you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Become educated on diabetic foot care
  • Wash and dry feet thoroughly
  • Inspect your feet daily (or have someone else do it for you)
  • Wear properly fitting shoes
  • Cut toenails straight across
  • Visit your podiatrist regularly

The number of Americans with diabetes has increased 50 percent in the last 10 years to about 17 million. At least 16 million more Americans have an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes, but they can delay or prevent its onset by losing some weight from diet and exercise.

Proven research shows that brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, could cut the chance of developing diabetes in half among people at increased risk.

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