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Local Podiatrist Offers Advice To Keep Feet Healthy Against Risk of Amputation Caused by Diabetes
BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Diabetes is the leading cause of foot and leg amputations in the United States.
In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, more than 60 percent of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the U.S. occur among people with diabetes.
To keep feet healthy against the risks posed by diabetes, individuals are encouraged to visit a podiatric physician as part of a foot care plan.
“In addition to visiting a local podiatrist regularly, there are some important things you can do on your own to maximize foot health,” said Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico, a board-certified podiatric physician and managing partner at Ankle & Foot Care Centers, a group of 15 podiatric physicians and surgeons.
Here are Dr. DiDomenico’s additional recommendations:
• Check you feet every day. “Especially if you have a loss of sensation, visually inspecting your feet daily will help you notice any cuts, sores, blisters or changes in the skin or toenails,” he said. “You can use a hand mirror to help you check the bottoms of your feet. If you notice a change in your feet, see your podiatrist immediately.”
• Clean your feet daily. “Washing your feet will help avoid the buildup of bacteria,” Dr. DiDomenico added. “Be sure to wash in warm water, rather than hot. Completely dry your feet after washing and pay special attention to drying between the toes.”
• Keep skin healthy. “By lightly applying lotion or moisturizer to your feet, you can help prevent dry, flaky or cracked skin,” he said. “Use lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet but never between the toes because excess moisture between the toes creates conditions favorable to forming an infection.”
• Always wear shoes and socks. “Soft, lightly padded socks will help you avoid blisters and sores,” Dr. DiDomenico pointed out. “Socks with no seams are best. Also, examine the insides of your shoes to be sure there is nothing harmful that will injure your feet.
• Choose shoes that fit well and protect your feet. “One of the best ways to avoid injuries to your feet is to wear sturdy and supportive shoes at all times,” Dr. DiDomenico said.
More information about the benefits of podiatric health is available at the American Podiatric Medical Association website, apma.org, or the Ankle & Foot Care site, at ankleandfootcare.com.
Ankle & Foot Care Centers provides comprehensive podiatric care at 19 locations in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Stark counties in Ohio and in Greenville, PA.
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