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Diabetes is on the Rise and so are Foot Problems

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adult onset diabetes has tripled in the past 30 years.

PRLog - Feb. 10, 2011 - SEAL BEACH, Calif. -- According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adult onset diabetes has tripled in the past 30 years. Studies indicate the rise in diabetes (it is estimated that 21 million Americans have the condition) can in part be attributed obesity and sedentary life style.  Diabetes can affect many organs in the body but can be particularly devastating to the feet. People with diabetes are at greater risk for developing nerve damage (called peripheral neuropathy), and circulation problems.  This can result in foot infections, foot ulcers and amputation.  Statistics compiled by the American Diabetes association indicate that the rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
The news is not “all gloom and doom”- being informed on how to properly care for your feet, goes a long way in preventing serious problems.  If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, see a podiatrist for a consultation and assessment of diabetic foot changes. The American Diabetes Association can provide you with helpful literature on proper foot care.  Here are some tips to help prevent diabetic foot problems:
• Check your feet daily (or have a friend or family member do it) for points of irritations blisters or infections. Since many diabetics have loss of feeling in their feet, they often will not notice foot problems until they have progressed to a serious stage.
• Wear proper shoe gear-Make sure the shoes are deeper and have a wide box
• NEVER TREAT YOUR FEET YOURSELF-do not trim your own corns or calluses and NEVER used acid-based medicines on your feet.  
• Wear seamless socks and avoid having a tight band around the top of the socks
Remember by “using “diabetic common sense” you have a good chance of avoiding being part of the statistics of those diabetics who develop foot problems.
Dr. Marc Spitz has treated diabetic and general foot problems for the past 35 years. To make an appointment, please call 562 799-0656 or log on to www.footpaincenter.com

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The Foot Pain Center was established in 1974 by Dr. Marc Spitz. An all-inclusive practice, we offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic medical care for patients with general foot and toenail disorders, diabetic problems and peripheral neuropathy.

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