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PODIATRIST PROVIDES FOOTCARE TIPS FOR DIABETICS

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Dr. Libby Putnam, a podiatrist, sees many diabetic patients in her practice with Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists. She recommends that diabetics religiously check their blood sugar so they can control levels. "This is the most important habit, and unfortunately requires the most time and energy. When your blood sugar is too high, it damages nerves as well as small blood vessels, and not just in your feet. If your nerves no longer function normally, you may experience pain, burning, tingling or numbness," says Putnam.

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Dr. Libby Putnam

Putnam recommends that everyone, especially diabetics, should get to know their feet and do regular inspections so they'll know when something changes. "Look at them every day. It’s amazing how many people don’t know what their feet look like. I’ve asked patients how long a large freckle, healed scar or wound has been on their foot, and they say this is the first time they’ve noticed it. If you become familiar with your feet, you’ll notice when something pops up, like a bit of swelling, discoloration, loss of hair or texture changes in your skin. All of these things give your doctor information."

Source: Coastal Courier.com

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News. 

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