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The American Podiatric Medical Association announced today its Today’s Podiatrist diabetes campaign, which will educate the public about diabetes and its complications in the feet, as well as the value of a podiatrist in preventing and managing those complications. 

People with diabetes are at a greater risk of injuring their feet due to loss of sensation caused by nerve damage. Injuries that don’t receive prompt attention can easily develop serious infections. Left untreated, nerve damage can cause a deformity in the bones of the feet. People with diabetes also have trouble healing once an injury or an ulcer develops. Diabetic ulcers precede 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations.

Today’s Podiatrists are physicians who help prevent these serious, sometimes life-threatening, complications before they happen. Podiatrists are specialists who have years of training in managing conditions specifically in the feet and ankles. Podiatrists are surgeons who may specialize in limb-sparing wound care and orthopedic procedures, preventing amputations. In fact, studies have shown that care by a podiatrist can reduce lower limb amputations among people with diabetes by up to an astounding 80 percent. Saving limbs keeps people with diabetes mobile, increasing quality and quantity of life.

“Today’s Podiatrist is a critical member of the diabetes care team,” said APMA President Dennis Frisch, DPM. “Feet can be a direct reflection of overall health. Conducting daily foot exams at home and seeing a podiatrist for a full exam at least once a year are vital steps to managing your diabetes.”

Today’s Podiatrist diabetes campaign, which will run throughout November during Diabetes Awareness Month, will share important information about the specific complications of diabetes that occur in the foot and ankle. The campaign also will educate Americans about how simple daily habits and care provided by a podiatrist can help people with diabetes avoid serious outcomes. To learn more about the campaign and Today’s Podiatrist, visit www.apma.org/diabetes.

By contactus@pafoot.com
February 02, 2019
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Calculating The Benefits Of An Annual Diabetic Foot Exam

The benefits of having an annual comprehensive diabetic foot exam are too numerous to mention. If a patient sees his or her podiatrist along with one other member of the diabetic foot team, the relative risk reduction of a high level amputation will decrease, with some studies showing a reduction of as much as 80 percent.1

It’s a simple thing. Just the patient getting into see his or her foot doctor can yield significant benefits down the road. We outlined with the American Diabetes Association many years ago what goes into a good quality diabetic foot exam.1

We have also boiled that down to a three-minute foot exam, which is intended for use for technicians or primary care physicians or their physician extenders.2 There are whole companies that have done this. Arche Healthcare has taken this whole idea and extended it even further into a seamless tracking system for diabetic foot ulcers.

All of these put podiatry at the center of the high-risk limb universe. Hopefully, we can make a big difference and keep a few more legs on a few more bodies.

References

1. Boulton AJM, Armstrong DG, Albert SF, et al. Comprehensive foot examination and risk assessment. Diabetes Care. 2008; 31(8):1679–85.

2. Miller JD, Carter E, Shih J, Giovinco NA, Boulton AJ, Mills JL, Armstrong DG. How to do a 3-minute diabetic foot exam. J Fam Pract. 2014; 63(11):646–56.

By contactus@pafoot.com
July 10, 2016
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Brielle Day 
bcday@apma.org
 

Simple tips and proper gear can help prevent sports injuries 

WASHINGTON—Americans may be ready to resume walking, running, and other outdoor sports this spring, but are their feet?

One in four Americans feels unable to exercise due to foot pain, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). With this in mind, APMA has announced a new campaign for Foot Health Awareness Month called “Play It Safe,” which will reach athletes of all ages to educate them about the importance of foot health in sports, and a podiatrist’s critical role in helping treat and prevent foot and ankle injuries.

“The amount of running, turning, and physical contact in sports can often translate to injuries,” said APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM. “If you or your child experiences a foot or ankle injury while playing sports, early attention is the key to preventing further damage. A delay in treatment can cause toe deformities and other podiatric problems.”

Ankle sprains and breaks are among the most common sports injuries for both adults and children. Children can be especially vulnerable to injury, as their bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are still growing. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat injuries to the lower extremities, and can provide guidance on proper footwear, prescribe custom orthotics, evaluate biomechanics, and more.

The “Play It Safe” campaign, occurring during April’s Foot Health Awareness Month, will share important information about sports injuries, prevention, proper footwear and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/playitsafe.

Coming soon.

By contactus@pafoot.com
December 21, 2015
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Tips on Good Foot Care

1. Take care of your diabetes.

 

1. Take care of your diabetes.

 

 

2. Check your feet every day.

  • Look at your bare feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
  • Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing.

3. Wash your feet every day.

  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water every day.
  • Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between the toes
 

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4. Keep the skin soft and smooth.

  • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.

5. Smooth corns and calluses gently.

  • Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses.

6. Trim your toenails each week or when needed.

  • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.

7. Wear shoes and socks at all times.

  • Never walk barefoot.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
  • Feel inside your shoes before putting them on each time to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.

8. Protect your feet from hot and cold.

  • Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement.
  • Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.

9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet.

  • Put your feet up when sitting.
  • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Don't cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Don't smoke.

10. Be more active.

11. Check with your doctor.

  • Have your doctor check your bare feet and find out whether you are likely to have serious foot problems. Remember that you may not feel the pain of an injury.
  • Call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.
  • Follow your doctor's advice about foot care.

12. Get started now.

  • Begin taking good care of your feet today.
  • Set a time every day to check your feet.