Include a DPM for Diabetes Prevention and Management

Include a DPM for Diabetes Prevention & Management

2017 Diabetes Campaign LogoPodiatrists are the expert in the foot and ankle. If you have a patient with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should refer him or her to a podiatrist right away. Podiatrists are trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. 

Be sure you're giving your diabetic and pre-diabetic patients the best comprehensive care possible. Research shows that diabetic patients who see a podiatrist for foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.

Research also shows that including a DPM to the diabetes-care team can save the health-care system $3.5 billion per year. Interested in more information on the benefits of podiatry? Review these studies:

The Qualifications of Today's Podiatrist

Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.

Chart Comparing DPMs Education

When you add a podiatrist to your patient's health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're better able to manage the effects of diabetes on your patient's feet. If you are looking for a podiatrist in your area, check out our Find a Podiatrist tool.


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