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WALKING BAREFOOT IS RISKY, ESPECIALLY FOR DIABETICS

"Going barefoot, whether it’s in spring or summer or all year round, can cause a multitude of injuries. Most injuries are seen in the summer months. Some of the most common barefoot injuries are lacerations and abrasions, as they relate to glass and sharp objects (such as seashells) on the beach," says podiatrist Robert Weiss, DPM.
 
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Dr. Robert Weiss
 
 
"People diagnosed with diabetes are more prone to infection from a cut and have a more difficult time healing the infected wound. This is due to circulation of the lower extremities in the more advanced cases. If it’s a minor cut, the individual will be fine after the foreign body is removed and the wound is cleaned with antiseptic and topical antibiotic cream. Sometimes, dry sterile dressings are helpful. But, if the wound is deep and bleeding doesn’t stop after 10-15 minutes with pressure applied, then it is time to seek emergency medical help," says Dr. Weiss. 
 
Source: LMTonline [7/11/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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