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PODIATRIST STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF YEARLY FOOT EXAMS FOR DIABETICS

PODIATRIST, DR. MARK HINKES, CHIEF OF PODIATRY AT THE VETERANS AFFAIRS HOSPITAL IN NASVILLE STATES, "DIABETICS LOSE LEGS BY NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR FEET.  DIABETICS CAN LOSE SENSATION IN THEIR FEET AND BE UNAWARE OF INJURY, ALLOWING INFECTION TO SPREAD TO THE BONE AND LEAD TO AMPUTATION.  YEARLY FOOT EXAMS CAN DIAGNOSE IF SOMEONE HAS LOST SENSATION."

PODIATRIST HINKES ALSO STATES THATTHIRTY EIGHT PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOSE A LEG ARE GOING TO LOSE THE OTHER LEG IN THREE YEARS.  FIFTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOSE A LEG WON'T BE HERE IN 5 YEARS."

DR. HARDY'S TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS HAS INVESTED IN 2 NC-STAT COMPUTERIZED PEROPHERAL NERVE TESTING DEVICES WHICH MEASURES FOR DPN OR  DIABETIC PERIPHERAL NERVE TESTING. MY FOOT CLINIC TREATS A LOT OF PATIENTS WITH DIABETES VERY SUCCESSFULLY.

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