“The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996,” says Eric Steen, DPM, a podiatrist at Pro Active Podiatry and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can reduce the number of amputations even more.”
|Dr. Eric Steen
People with diabetes may be less aware of cuts or wounds on their feet due to the nerve damage related to their disease, Dr. Steen points out. “Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they develop into a health crisis.”
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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