REFLECT ON YOUR FEET TODAY TO SAVE A LIMB TOMORROW
For people with diabetes, a daily foot exam can make a difference in preventing amputation
BETHESDA, Md., November 2, 2015—The American Podiatric Medical Association announced today its new Reflect on Your Feet campaign, which will educate the public about the specific risks and foot complications faced by people with diabetes.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage called neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the feet. This condition means people with diabetes may injure their feet and not know it. These injuries can become infected and lead to amputation.
“Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world a limb is lost as a result of diabetes,” said APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM. “A daily foot self-exam, along with regular visits to a podiatrist, is the best way to prevent foot complications and amputation. If you have trouble reaching your feet to inspect them, prop up a mirror on the floor or ask a friend or family member to help.”
Podiatrists are physicians who are specially trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. Studies have proven that podiatric medical care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
The Reflect on Your Feet campaign, occurring during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, will share important information about the specific risks associated with the disease, how to conduct a foot self-exam, when to see a podiatrist, and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/diabetes.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,500 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org.
Peggy S. Tresky, MA