Dr. Dwight Bates has spent years caring for feet, and unfortunately witnessing the complications diabetics can endure when a foot injury occurs. Bates spoke to a class at East Texas Medical Center recently about the urgency of diabetics keeping a close watch over the condition of their feet.
Bates said about 120,000 people are crippled each year because of diabetic foot complications. Of those, 80 percent are preventable, Bates said. Many diabetics don't know their feet are in jeopardy, because they no longer have the sensation of foot pain. “The foot deserves to hurt,” Bates said. “The foot takes about 10,000 steps a day. If the foot doesn't hurt, you'd better find out why.”
Source: Rich Flowers, Athens Review [11/21/16]
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