Medical Miracles - Diabetic Shoe Program
DIABETIC FOOT FACTS
MICHIGAN FOOT AND ANKLE
Harvey Lefkowitz, D.P.M.
Michelle Jupin, D.P.M.
Anthony Mastrogiacomo, D.P.M./b>
Did you know that if you are a diabetic you are at a higher risk of developing serious foot conditions in your lifetime?
Some of the most common conditions that effect diabetic patients are:
- Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
Your ability to detect sensations or vibration may be diminished. Neuropathy allows injuries to remain unnoticed and untreated for lengthy periods of time.
- Poor Circulation
Persons with diabetes often have circulation disorders (peripheral vascular disease)
Persons with diabetes are generally more prone to infections than non-diabetic people.
- Foot Deformities
Foot deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, and metatarsal disorders have special significance in the diabetic population. Neuropathy places the foot at increased risk for developing corns, calluses, blisters and ulcerations. If left untreated, serious infections may result.
It is very important that diabetics inspect their feet daily for blisters, bleeding, and sores between your toes. Use a mirror to inspect the bottoms of your feet, and always make sure to wear proper fitting shoe gear.
As a diabetic you may qualify for "extra depth" shoes. These are custom molded or extra depth shoes that adapt to your particular needs, or orthoses to provide cushioning and support.
As a benefit under Medicare, many diabetics qualify for these shoes and insoles.
According to the Feet Can Last a Lifetime - a publication of the National Diabetes Education Program
- The total annual cost for the more than 86,000 amputations is over $1.1 billion dollars. This cost does not include surgeons' fees, rehabilitation costs, prosthesis; time lost from work, and disability payments. Foot disease is the most common complication of diabetes leading to hospitalization. In 1995, foot disease accounted for 6 percent of hospital discharges listing diabetes and lower extremity ulcers.
- 15 percent of people with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer and between 14 and 24 percent of those with a foot ulcer will require an amputation
- After an amputation, the chance of another amputation of the same extremity or of the opposite extremity within 5 years is as high as 50 percent. The 5-year mortality rate after lower extremity amputation ranges from 39 to 68 percent. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (60-70 percent of patients with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.)
Call one of our offices today for a diabetic foot exam and a consultation with one of our physicians. Find out if you qualify for the Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program.
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