"With an already compromised system, patients with diabetes are prone to poor blood circulation and nerve disease in their extremities. As such, it is important they don't solely rely on their senses but instead make provisions based on factors, such as a change in climate, to help maintain healthy feet," said Michigan-based foot and ankle surgeon and ACFAS Fellow Member Michael Ambroziak, DPM.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage in the feet, making the simple task of warming them in the winter rather intricate for someone with diabetes. Dr. Ambroziak adds, "With the numbness caused by neuropathy, diabetic patients may not feel when their feet are burning. As a result, they can experience second- or third-degree burns, which can cause serious foot problems." Patients with diabetes should not put their feet in hot water – they should test bath water with their hands or a thermometer first.
Dr. John A. Hardy's Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has invested in regular full page ads in the Toronto Star on various foot conditions. This Sunday we will having one on Diabetes which goes out to the whole province and can only benefit Chiropodists everywhere. It will be on the outside back cover of the Special New York Times and have been extremely successful so far.
Brough to you by Dr. John A. Hardy.