Special foot care for diabetes

Published On: Dec 04 2012 01:01:56 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 12:09:44 PM EST

By Barbara Floria, Pure Matters

“Foot wounds are the most common diabetes-related cause for hospitalization," says David G. Armstrong, D.P.M., Ph.D., a podiatric surgeon in Chicago. Foot wounds in a person with diabetes can also lead to amputation, he says.

“Fortunately, people with this disease often can prevent these life-threatening wounds with daily foot examinations,” Dr. Armstrong says.

Here's what you can do to help prevent foot problems:

Finally, “ask your doctor to check your feet every time you go for a visit,” Dr. Armstrong says. “The potential for foot problems leading to major health issues is significant. Doing everything you can to prevent them is as important as monitoring your glucose.”