In today’s program Dr. Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about Diabetes as November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In America, more than 26 million people have Diabetes. This condition is characterized by too much glucose or sugar in the blood and can cause serious medical complications including foot problems which commonly develop in people with diabetes. Diabetic foot conditions can quickly become serious if not watch closely.

Unfortunately, there's a whole list of foot problems that can escalate for the diabetic patient, leading to pain and infection. These foot problems include corns and calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, hammertoes, bunions, athletes foot, dry cracked skin, and fungal infections for example. If a diabetic has any of these foot problems a call to Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, is highly recommended. Dr. Reminga stresses that these conditions aren't to be taken lightly. Minor injuries can become major emergencies before you know it.

As a diabetic, an infection can easily spread quickly, and if you have any loss of sensation as with neuropathy, you may not recognize that the problem is getting worse. Poor blood flow makes it hard for a sore or an infection to heal. This problem is called peripheral artery disease, also called P.A.D. For people with both diabetes and P.A.D., having regular foot exams is extremely important.

There is good news to share however, recent studies show that proper diabetic foot care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputations by up to 85% and lowers the risk of hospitalization by 24%. In fact, the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years. This is an example of why it’s important to make regular appointment checks at Northern Foot Care Center.

Listen to today’s program to find out more about this interesting topic. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.