According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day, which adds up to more than three million steps per year. April is national recognized as Foot Health Awareness Month, and is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of foot health.
People with diabetes should be especially concerned with the health of their feet. An estimated 29.1 million people (9.3 percent of the population) have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Diabetes can cause nerve damage for some people. When this happens, the nerves no longer perceive pain due to numbness and therefore do not alert a person to potential injury.
For people living with diabetes, a poor defense against infection and damage to blood circulation can complicate problems with the feet causing them to become more vulnerable to injury.
The Wound Care Center at Harrington recommends the following for proper foot care if you’re living with diabetes:
For more information about proper foot care, diabetic foot ulcers or how we may be able to help avoid amputation, talk to your primary care provider or a podiatrist.
Georgios Poniros, DPM, works at The Wound Care Center at Harrington, as well as Auburn Podiatry. He is board certified and received his medical degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine.