CALIFORNIA PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Knock Your Socks Off!
ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO CHECK YOUR FEET—
IT COULD SAVE A LIMB
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then it’s possible
the feet are the mirrors of health. According to the American
Podiatric Medical Association, 13 million people suffer from
diabetes and another 5.2 million are undiagnosed. Yet most people
don’t examine their feet—a small thing that can go along way in
catching the early signs of diabetes and other diseases.
The following tips from the California Podiatric Medical Association
(CPMA) will help you recognize symptoms of diabetes and offer
suggestions for what you should discuss with your doctor on
your next visit.
Pay attention to how your feet feel. Foot pain is
not normal and is frequently
a sign of a more serious issue. In
addition, if your feet often feel cold, this
could be a sign of circulation problems—a
red flag for those who may have diabetes.
Know the warning signs. Diabetes manifests itself in many ways, including,
muscle weakness in the legs, pain in the feet, loss of feeling and numbness in
the hands and feet.
Consider correcting bone deformities. If you’re one of the millions of people
suffering from diabetes (and even if you’re not), you may want to ask your
podiatrist about correcting bunions or hammertoes. These conditions are usually
progressive and may lead to severe infections and even amputation. More than
60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the U.S. occur among
people with diabetes.
Ask your doctor to “Knock Your Socks Off.” Since your feet carry you
thousands of steps a week, it makes sense to have them checked as often as
you do the rest of your body. Have your primary care physician or a podiatrist
check your feet for early warning signs of diabetes.
The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) is the state’s leading professional
medical organization for foot and ankle specialists and represents more than 1000
California doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). Since 1912 CPMA has served the
people of California by promoting the science and art of podiatric medicine, protecting
the public health, and elevating the standards of medical education.
CPMA, COMMITTED TO KEEPING CALIFORNIANS ON THEIR FEET –
HEALTHY, ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE!
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