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Amputation Prevention Begins with 'Electing to Save Your Feet'

With nearly 246 million people across the globe battling diabetes and its complications this year, staying one step ahead of the disease has never been more important. As America’s political landscape reaches an exciting culmination with November’s 2008 Presidential election, it’s also important to remember to “Elect to Save Your Feet!”


More than 60 percent of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes. Because of this, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is launching a national campaign titled “Elect to Save Your Feet.” This campaign, run during Diabetes Awareness Month in November, aims to educate the public about the importance of seeing a podiatrist regularly to prevent diabetic, lower-limb amputations.

Amputation Prevention Begins with 'Electing to Save your Feet'

With nearly 246 million people across the globe battling diabetes and its complications this year, staying one step ahead of the disease has never been more important. As America’s political landscape reaches an exciting culmination with November’s 2008 Presidential election, it’s also important to remember to “Elect to Save Your Feet!” More than 60 percent of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes. Because of this, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is launching a national campaign titled “Elect to Save Your Feet.” This campaign, run during Diabetes Awareness Month in November, aims to educate the public about the importance of seeing a podiatrist regularly to prevent diabetic, lower-limb amputations.

Every 30 seconds, a lower-limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world. Those with diabetes are more prone to develop foot infections, called foot ulcers, which can quickly result in amputation. Preventing amputation means knowing all of the main warning signs. Other common diabetes warning signs in the feet besides ulcers include:

· A tingling or loss of feeling in the feet

· Redness

· A change in the shape of the feet

· Loss of hair

· Cuts and scrapes that are slow to heal

If you discover any of these symptoms, visit a podiatric physician immediately. A comprehensive foot care treatment plan can reduce amputation rates by 45 percent to 85 percent. Including a podiatrist in your diabetes management team – as well as having a proactive attitude about your footcare – can drastically improve your chances of managing diabetes successfully.