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How important is my yearly diabetic foot exam?

Trust us: you don’t want to skip your yearly diabetic foot exam!

The biggest threats to long term foot health among those with diabetes are nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) and circulatory problems (peripheral arterial disease). Although the “immediate” cause of a diabetic ulcer might be a specific cut or injury, neuropathy and circulatory problems are what make small injuries so potentially devastating in the first place.

Diabetic Foot Exam

Neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease are tricky for a couple of reasons. First, they develop and progress slowly over time, and second, they are very difficult (if not impossible) to reverse. Treatment is focused mostly on managing symptoms and keeping them from getting worse. By the time you notice them, you can stop the ship, but it may be too late to fully change course.

Yearly diabetic exams allow us to test for neuropathy and circulatory problems to stop them in their tracks as early as possible, before they have a chance to severely impact your life. We can also help you correct contributing foot problems and manage risks by helping you with shoes, corns and calluses, foot pain, and other issues.

If it’s time—or past time—for your yearly diabetic foot exam, don’t wait any longer! Pick up the phone and connect with Martin Foot & Ankle today at (717) 757-3537.

Dr. Maria Ann Kasper
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