April is National Foot Health Awareness Month

by Lois Etienne on April 20, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

We’ve all had foot problems at some point in our lives, even if it’s just stubbing your toe! But are you aware that some people cannot even feel their feet enough to know whether they have a cut on it? That is one of the complications from diabetes. Because many serious complications from diabetes present in the lower limbs, proper foot care for those with the disease is a vital step to keeping the disease in check.

Having someone, whether it’s a family member or a caregiver, assist a loved one monitor their foot heath can play an important role also. This person can keep an eye out for symptoms of diabetes that manifest in the feet, and then encourage clients with diabetes to go to the podiatrist.

During April – which is National Foot Health Awareness Month – encourage anyone you know with diabetes and those at risk for the disease to remove their shoes and socks and inspect their feet. Feet symptoms such as redness, tingling, and cuts that are not healing can lead to diabetic ulcers and even possible amputation without prompt medical care, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

For more information on foot health, visit the APMA web site at www.apma.org.

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