From 2006 to 2010, more than one million patients went to the emergency department for diabetes-related foot complications, and 10.5 percent of those involved an amputation, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
|Dr. Katherine Respovic
"If blood sugars are not well-controlled, patients with diabetes can develop numbness in their feet, which is called peripheral neuropathy," says Dr. Katherine Respovic, spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association and a podiatric surgeon at MedStar Georgetown Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital in the District of Columbia. This proves dangerous if, say, you develop a blister or injure your foot, which can lead to infections or amputation.
Source: Vanessa Caceres, US News & World Report [4/27/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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