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Study Finds Preventative Diabetes Care Reduces Amputation Occurrence
Date:10/30/2008

up," said Dr. Ross Taubman, president of the APMA. "Regardless of one's ethnic background, taking a proactive approach to your health in asking your physician to check your feet can save both your limbs and your life."

To raise awareness about the significance of diabetes amputations, the APMA has embarked on a public service campaign entitled "Elect to Save Your Feet" (ESYF). Every 30 seconds, a lower-limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world. Those with diabetes are more prone to develop foot infections, called foot ulcers, which can quickly lead to amputation. Other common diabetes warning signs in the feet include:

-- a tingling or loss of feeling in the feet

-- change in the shape of the feet

-- loss of hair

-- cuts and scrapes that are slow to heal

An APMA member podiatrist, also known as a podiatric physician, is a specialist that is medically trained to diagnose and treat diabetic foot complications. As part of a complete diabetes management team, visiting a podiatrist on a regular basis can drastically increase chances of managing diabetes successfully.

To review APMA's diabetes survey in its entirety, or more information on the ESYF campaign, warning signs of diabetic ulcers and how to prevent complications from diabetes, visit http://www.apma.org/diabetes.

Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association is the nation's leading professional society for foot and ankle specialists. The association has component societies in 53 locations in the U.S. and its territories and a membership of close to 11,500 doctors of podiatric medicine. For free foot health information, visit http://www.apma.org.


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