Danger of Foot Complications from Diabetes
Diabetes can profoundly affect the health of your feet, resulting in foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, gangrene or even amputation. At Diabetes Guardians, our mission is to deliver online education that simplifies complex concepts about diabetic foot complications, empowering you with knowledge for better health management.
A seemingly minor foot condition can lead to a major foot ulcer for people with diabetes. Average healing time for diabetic foot ulcers is reported to be 100 to 150 days.
For the last 10 years in the US, there has been staggering technological advancement in treatment for diabetic wounds. At the same time, the cost of treating these wounds has been even more staggering for the last 10 years. As a result diabetic foot wounds impose a substantial financial burden on the US health care system. In the United States, at the individual level, costs per Medicare accruing between index procedures and outpatient care can approach an annual cost of $100,000 per patient. Ref: (Annals of Vascular Surgery Volume 88, January 2023, Pages 410-417).
Dr. Paul Han states that prevention through patient education is the most cost effective and the most powerful tool to empower our patients of diabetes.
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Our recommendation for people with diabetes
- Learn to recognize and identify any subtle signs or symptoms in the foot and the leg and get podiatric intervention in a timely manner.
- Visit a podiatrist at least twice a year for regular preventive care. Our nations’ podiatrists are specialists and true guardians for prevention of diabetes-related foot complications.
- Monitor your blood sugar regularly and take your medications as directed by your health care provider.
We are dedicated to raising awareness about the resources accessible for those dealing with foot-related complications arising from diabetes
We are developing an extensive suite of educational resources aimed at enhancing understanding of the complications stemming from diabetes, and providing guidance on preventive measures.
When we educate individuals with diabetes about their condition we not only enrich the lives of the patients but also contribute positively to society as a whole.
Our aspiration is to aid individuals with diabetes worldwide in reaching this pivotal understanding.