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TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES:
TAKE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
As many as six million diabetics will have a foot ulcer that may result in chronic non-healing wounds and, in extreme cases, lead to amputation.
And, a staggering 180 amputations a day are performed in the United States on patients with diabetes.
"Most people with diabetes know the importance of checking blood sugar levels while the importance of daily foot exams is underemphasized, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that comprehensive foot care programs can reduce diabetes-related amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent," says Katherine J. Rowland, Chief Clinical Officer for Healogics™, a network comprised of academic medical centers, hospitals and professionals committed to advancing wound healing by creating, sharing, and activating wound prevention and care expertise.
During National Foot Health Awareness Month in April, the local experts at The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a member of the Healogics network, recommend the following foot care tips:
For more information about diabetes management and treating and preventing chronic wounds, visit Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Wound Care Center online or call 610-738-2590.
Last Updated: 4/25/2014