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Podiatry and Diabetic Foot Problems: The diabetic foot is beset by 3 interrelated problems (to name a few) – Ischemia, compromised immune function, and peripheral neuropathy – all of which increase risk of injury, infection, and loss of limb. New tools, techniques and treatments can help you improve outcomes for your diabetic patients dealing with these and other foot problems.

A Lot to Learn from Your Patients

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I am a diabetes educator and certified foot care nurse. Through the years, I’ve learned that most topics we teach people who have diabetes are really topics every person should know about. I teach patients how to care for their feet, how to prevent foot problems, and how to treat them if they should have problems.

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When There’s Water, Check the Shoes

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People who have diabetes are usually taught to purchase protective soft leather shoes with a wide toe box. That doesn’t mean everybody who has diabetes follows those recommendations. A woman, type 2 diabetes, who is knowledgeable about diabetes and foot complications was wearing cloth shoes with a “corded” bottom and manmade rubber sole. She was caught in the rain. Her shoes were soaked.

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