A 2012 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association indicates Hispanics with diabetes are particularly in danger, because more than 90 percent of those with the disease or at risk for it have never seen a podiatrist as part of their healthcare. “The leading cause of hospitalization among people with diabetes—regardless of ethnicity—is foot ulcers and infections, but most of those problems are largely preventable,” said Jodie Sengstock, DPM, MPMA director of professional relations. “It’s important for those with the disease to receive regular foot exams by a podiatrist.”
|Dr. Jodie Sengstock
“Although ulcers can occur anywhere on the foot or ankle, they are typically found on pressure points on the foot, like the ball of the foot or bottom of the big toe,” added Dr. Sengstock. “If an ulcer is discovered, or other symptoms, a podiatrist should be seen immediately. In many cases, the foot can be saved with early treatment.”
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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