DIABETES: A PATH TO POOR CIRCULATION?
For people with diabetes, knowing the signs of vascular disease is crucial
BETHESDA, Md., November 1, 2016—The American Podiatric Medical Association announced today its new Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation campaign, which will educate the public about the relationship between diabetes and vascular disease.
Diabetes can cause atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque that causes the arteries to harden and narrow. This buildup results in a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet, which is commonly referred to as poor circulation.
“Your feet are an early warning system for vascular disease,” said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. “That is why podiatrists are often the first physicians to spot vascular disease. It’s also why it is so important to include a podiatrist as part of your diabetes management team. Vascular disease is serious and can increase your risk for amputation. If your condition worsens, it may be necessary for your podiatrist to refer you to a vascular surgeon.”
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 care provided by a podiatrist can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
The Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation 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