People suffering from diabetes often have associated problems with their feet, which in extreme cases can even lead to them having their feet or lower legs amputated . Those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can often experience difficulty with their feet, which has prompted the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society to publish a manual that offers guidance for diabetics in taking better care of their feet.
It has been estimated that diabetes is causing over 60,000 lower extremity amputations every year, which makes the release of this manual all the more timely. It reveals how poor blood flow and long periods of high blood sugar levels can have a harmful effect on the tissues in the feet.
The manual contains useful information on how to prevent foot injuries, to help those with diabetes avoid serious foot complications, as well as advice on foot care techniques and correct washing, in addition to tips on signs of infection and shoe fitting.
Keith Wapner, president of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, said “Individuals with diabetes must be thorough about their foot care in order to prevent many of the serious foot complications associated with diabetes. Any changes in shape or color, sense of feeling, painful areas or skin integrity need to be evaluated by an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon.”

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