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November 8, 2017

Proper Foot Care Vital for Those With Diabetes

Dr. Mark Smesko uses a monofilament to do a sensory exam for a patient with diabetes. November is National Diabetes Month.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (Nov. 8, 2017) - If you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet can truly be a step in the right direction. It could also save you from amputation.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower leg amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease.

"If you have diabetes or are at risk for it, it is important to check your feet daily and schedule checkups by a podiatrist at least twice a year to prevent serious complications," said Dr. Mark Smesko who treats diabetic patients at Ankle & Foot Care Centers offices in East Liverpool and East Palestine.

A comprehensive foot care treatment plan, including risk assessment, foot care education, preventative therapy, treatment of foot problems, as well as referral to specialists, can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85 percent, says the Center for Diseases Control.

Podiatrists are medically trained to treat foot conditions that result from diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection and diabetic ulcers.

A diabetic ulcer is an open sore or wound that most commonly occurs on the bottom of the foot. Ulcers surface in about 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, more than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications from diabetes.

"Once an ulcer is noticed, seek care from a podiatrist immediately," Dr. Smesko urges. "Foot ulcers in patients with diabetes should be treated quickly in order to reduce the risk of infection and amputation. Treatment can also improve function and quality of life and reduce the likelihood of expensive medical care in the future."

Neuropathy, characterized by a loss of feeling in the feet, can also lead to complications, including foot ulcers. Podiatrists can treat this condition, in some patients, by decompressing the patient's nerves to restore feeling and function.

Ankle & Foot Care Centers is the region's largest podiatric care provider, with physicians and surgeons serving patients at 20 local offices, located in Alliance, Andover, Austintown, Boardman (2), Campbell, Champion, Columbiana, Cornersburg, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Greenville (Pa.), Liberty, Niles, Poland, Ravenna, Salem, Struthers, Warren and Youngstown. Specific locations and other information are located on the group's website, at www.ankleandfootcare.com.

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For more information, contact:

Dan Pecchia
Pecchia Communications
(330) 720-6912
dan@pecchiacomm.com

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