"The feet are what keep people independent," said Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges, a podiatrist practicing in Pensacola. She says about half of her patients are people living with diabetes. Those are people who need to pay extra attention to their feet. "Diabetes has such a devastating effect (on the feet), resulting in people with neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation in their feet." She says people with this loss of sensation cannot feel if they have an injury to their feet, and that can cause major problems, from infections all the way to amputations.
|Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
This is because having diabetes not only affects the feeling in a patient’s feet, it also means they have poor circulation and a weakened immune system. Dr. Torres-Hodges says if you have diabetes, you should show your feet some love. "Diabetics just need to check their feet regularly."
Source: Bob Barrett, WUWF
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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