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Carmel NY Podiatry - Guidelines

by Staff Writer

Carmel, NY Podiatry - Guidelines for Diabetic Foot Care

October 27, 2011

Did you know, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes? This is in accordance to new quotes and estimations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And 60-70% of them experience and suffer from nerve damage (neuropathy) that can have an effect on many parts of the entire body but most commonly involves the hands, palms and feet (peripheral neuropathy). “Nerve damage typically shows up first in the feet and is the primary cause of foot problems for people with diabetes,” says Dr. Alan Berman, Podiatrist of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group. “The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. By taking proper care of the feet, many of the most serious complications of diabetes can be prevented. That's why we are introducing the P-E-T guidelines for diabetic foot care.”

Diabetic neuropathy, caused by high blood glucose levels over time, often causes pain at first. But as the condition progresses to loss of feeling and numbness, the ability to feel pain, heat and cold is lost and even the slightest burn, sore or cut may become infected and ulcerated. Diabetes also causes blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden, resulting in poor circulation (blood flow) that can make the foot less able to fight infection and heal. The danger is that the patient, due to loss of feeling, may not even be aware of the problem and the untreated ulcer may cause serious damage to tissue and bone.

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Published: November 16, 2011

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