May is World Foot Awareness Month – Diabetes & Crocs
Foot Health Awareness is vital for people with diabetes.
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LOSE A LEG THAN PEOPLE WITHOUT THE CONDITION
Today I want to issue a timely reminder to people with diabetes who want to wear ‘Crocs’.
Last Friday, I saw a patient who “lived in her ‘Crocs’.” That was until she got splinters which penetrated the soles and stuck into her big toe, as she was walking across the university campus. The splinters were removed by her GP and today she told me there was a small remaining piece that also had to be removed. Fortunately, although she has neuropathy, the wounds are healing well.
Last Christmas, a family member (with no diabetes) also had a piece of metal go through the sole of his ‘Crocs’, whilst walking across the garden.
Previously, I have not taken a strong stand on this, but these two events have prompted me to express my opinion in the form of a WARNING.
If you have diabetes, think very carefully about wearing ‘Crocs’. If you have poor circulation or reduced nerve sensation; do not wear them outside the home.
EVERY 30 SECONDS A LOWER LIMB IS LOST TO DIABETES SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD