YOU Can Outsmart Diabetes!
Of the more than 28 million people in the US with diabetes, about half will develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the lower extremities. This nerve damage means an open sore or injury on the foot may go unnoticed until it becomes infected, which can eventually lead to the need for partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation.
However, while the risk of foot complications may be frightening, there are many ways in which YOU can help outsmart diabetes!
Take a step in the right direction by having your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist. Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet, based on their education, training, and experience! When you add a podiatrist to your health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the effects of diabetes on your feet.
Whether you've recently been diagnosed or have been fighting the disease for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.
For APMA Members:
- Digital Toolkit
Contact APMA's Communications Department to request a digital toolkit with customizable campaign materials to use in your state.
- Footprints Newsletter
Download the new special diabetes-focused edition of APMA's member-to-patient newsletter.
- Order a FREE Poster for Your Office
APMA members can request a free poster of our infographic, "The Real Cost of Diabetes."
- The Three-Minute Diabetic Foot Exam
This brief exam was developed so it could be easily done by a wide range of health-care providers.
- Impact of Diabetes by State
View your state's incidence of diabetes and estimated annual costs related to diabetes.
- Therapeutic Footwear Infographic
Dr. Comfort created this infographic to demonstrate the benefits of therapeutic footwear for diabetes patients.
- Diabetes Surveys and Studies
APMA has commissioned several studies related to diabetes. Share the information in media interviews and on social media.
- Journal Articles
Search JAPMA Online for the latest in diabetic foot health research.
Additional Diabetes and Foot Health Resources