When it comes to diabetes, seniors, foot health, and mortality rates, the numbers aren’t pretty.
Up to 65% of patients with type 2 diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy, which damages nerves, particularly in the hands and feet. This leads to reduced sensation, which means wounds, ulcers, ingrown toenails, funguses and other infections can emerge and worsen in patients who remain unaware of symptoms in their feet. By the time the problems are discovered, too often amputation is the only remaining treatment available. Amputation can seriously hamper mobility and independence. Tragically, the five-year mortality rate for lower-extremity amputation among diabetic patients is fifty percent--worse than many aggressive cancers.
If you have diabetes, this doesn’t have to be your story. The World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation have stated that up to 85 percent of diabetic lower extremity amputations are preventable. At Pasadena Orthopedics, we like those odds a whole lot better. A multidisciplinary care team monitoring your health that includes skilled podiatric care can keep your feet healthy and your risk of amputation low.
Many senior patients with diabetes are unaware of the preventive foot care benefits available to them through Medicare and most private insurances. Diabetic foot checks including nail and callus debridement are recommended -- and covered -- every two months. If you have questions about diabetes-related services covered by your insurance, our staff are happy to help you find answers.
The small investment of time it takes to make routine foot care part of your self-care regimen pays huge dividends in long-term health, mobility, quality of life, and longevity. If you have diabetes, or suspect yourself to be at risk of foot ailments, we urge you to meet with our care team soon. Prevention and palliative care are our specialties. Let’s keep you on your toes for years to come.
To schedule an appointment for foot care or evaluation, please call our office at 626-517-0022, or email email@example.com.