DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
A Pedestrian Matter-Foot Care & Diabetes
The U.S. Government wants a couple of good feet. Yours.
One of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), has published a useful booklet about feet called "Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime."
NIDDK has directed the booklet to people with diabetes because the disease can impair the circulation and diminish nerve sensations in the feet. The feet are especially prone to injury and infection and frequently these conditions go unnoticed. Furthermore, the feet in diabetes can be slow to heal.
The feet are a major focus in diabetes. Neglect of the feet in diabetes is a leading cause of amputation.
Although designed for people with diabetes, the NIDDK tips for foot care seem sane and sensible for all of us, especially those of us whom the French say are in our "troisieme age" (third age).
Among the valuable foot care tips the booklet provides for the many who have diabetes (and the many more who do not) are the following:
The booklet, "Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime" (N.I.H. publication 98-4285) is available free. To obtain a copy, write:1 Diabetes Way, Bethesda, MD 20892-3600 or call 800-438-5383, a message number, giving the name of the booklet and your name and mailing address.
Last Editorial Review: 7/8/2002