Free foot screenings for people with diabetes are still available from certain podiatrists nationwide this week. Due to the demand, in our practice we will still offer them during next week too.
Protecting your feet from the complications of diabetes is a serious responsibility.
Managing your diabetes is the foundation of protection against complications that affect your eyes (Retinopathy), kidneys (Nephropathy) and feet (Neuropathy).
Feet can be severely damaged by diabetes and yet they are painless. This allows injuries to occur undetected and often leads to ulceration and amputation.
The purpose of the FREE FOOT SCREENING is to establish your risk level for developing foot complications, because many foot injuries can be prevented by being informed about the status of your feet.
Even people with severe loss of sensation can and do avoid problems by a combination of good blood sugar control and regular foot inspections by a podiatrist.
PLEASE DON”T BECOME A STATISTIC
World Diabetes Day takes place every November 14th. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease. It is estimated that 250 million people worldwide have diabetes (about 6% of the adult population between 20 -79 years). This number is expected to reach 380 million by 2025, (7.1% of the adult population)
Every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world!
Many diabetic foot ulcers and amputations can be prevented
Starting this week podiatrists nationwide will be promoting foot health awareness in various ways as their contribution to preventing the complications of Diabetes.
Check your local press for details of free screenings, talks, fun walks etc., often with Diabetes SA.
In our practice free screenings can be booked via Lauretta. 011 726 6363.
Nationwide contact the South African Podiatry Association; 011 7943297
Screening is a short observation of key signs to identify the risk level of your feet.
Not every person with diabetes is at risk, but some are and have no idea that they are.
If you know that you are at risk, the podiatrist will become a key person in your life.
Act now – your life might depend on it!
Take this opportunity to finf out your risk status.