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Diabetes and Your Feet FAQs

Why should I “knock my socks off” and see a podiatrist?
The feet can reveal diabetes warning signs such as numbness, redness, swelling, or non-healing wounds. Making at least two appointments a year with today’s podiatrist, the foot and ankle expert, to have your feet examined is a critical step in avoiding diabetic foot complications and amputation.

I have been diagnosed with diabetes. What foot complications could I experience?
A loss of feeling in your feet
Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
Amputation

Should I talk about diabetes with my community, family, and friends?
Yes! Those with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk, are encouraged to openly discuss the disease with family members because it can affect children and adults alike. Diabetes is often passed down from generation to generation, especially in the Hispanic community. Don’t be embarrassed to talk about it with those closest to you because diabetes is best managed as a team.

What are diabetic ulcers, and how can I prevent them?
Diabetic ulcerations are often one of the first signs of complications from diabetes in the lower leg. These ulcers can stem from a small wound or cut on the foot that is slow to heal. If left untreated, ulcers can become harder to treat and could lead to amputation. If discovered early and treated by a podiatrist, ulcers may not lead to amputation.

Can I still see a podiatrist if I don’t have medical insurance?
Yes! Podiatrists work in health clinics, in addition to private practices, treating patients. Work directly with your podiatrist to create alternative options such as payment plans. Don’t let a lack of insurance keep you from receiving proper foot care.

Is there a special kind of footwear available for those with diabetes?
Yes! Certain types of shoes, socks, and custom orthotics are all created especially for those with diabetes. People with diabetes should never go barefoot and should make sure to keep feet protected to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes on the feet, which can lead to complications. Medicare may pay for these shoes. Find diabetic footwear that has APMA’s Seal of Acceptance.

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What You Need To Know About Your Feet During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyous time in a woman’s life and her body will go through many changes, including changes to her feet. That is why a pregnant woman must take care of her foot health a little differently.

It’s amazing how a body changes during pregnancy. For instance, did you know that a pregnant woman’s feet become wider and longer because her ligaments become more easily stretched to prepare for childbirth? The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) shares common pregnancy symptoms along with tips and tricks to keep your feet healthy until you finally meet your little one.

Read more in our Special Edition March Footprints Newsletter here.

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Dr. Denise Elliot at the APMA’s 95th House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC

Dr. Elliott, president of the Louisiana Podiatric Medical Association, is in Washington, D.C. this week making positive changes for the podiatry profession.

The American Podiatric Medical Association’s 95th House of Delegates meeting convened in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 21. The meeting opened with addresses from staff and member leaders. Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, executive director and CEO, set the tone for the meeting by encouraging delegates to “think strategically and be prepared to take bold new steps forward.” He suggested APMA members should be proactive on behalf of the profession by taking steps such as joining the Podiatric Health Section of the American Public Health Association and using APMA’s eAdvocacy system to support our Helping Ensure Life- and Limb Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act legislation.

Source: AMPA.Org http://www.apma.org/WorkingForYou/NewsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=16458

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