On November 1, 2019, the American Podiatric Medical Association has announced to start a new education campaign, Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes.
This new awareness campaign will educate the public about the significance of preventing nerve damage (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) before it happens. Moreover, this campaign will also highlight the critical role that a podiatrist plays in treating diabetes and its related complications, such as neuropathy.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels and peripheral neuropathy
Neuropathy is a condition that is caused by blood glucose levels that get too low or too high. It damages the nerves leading to the feet and prevents them from functioning properly.
As a result, various symptoms could arise. That may include intense painful burning, tingling sensations, numbness or heaviness in the feet. Those who completely lose sensation may not observe any injury or sore, which can further lead to a serious infection.
Additionally, numbness can also cause some balance problems or lead to a fall. Startling statistics have shown that nearly 70% of the people suffering from diabetes have neuropathy. And most often, the nerve damage is irreversible and permanent.
Visiting a podiatrist regularly can help diabetic patients in avoiding peripheral neuropathy and addressing the symptoms in case nerve damage occur.
David G. Edwards is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and APMA President. He said that numbness or pain in feet is never normal. What a person can’t feel can hurt him. So self-examination on a daily basis is critical for people with diabetics.
Moreover, he has also advised diabetics to immediately see a podiatrist in case they notice any changes in sensation in their feet.
Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes
The Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes campaign by APMA is going to happen during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month. It provides educational material for the public and health-care professionals.
Moreover, this campaign has also offered some simple techniques that may help people with diabetes to fight with this dilemma:
- Do exercise to reduce weight and improve blood circulation
- Manage blood sugar levels to decrease the risk of nerve damage
- See a podiatrist without any delay in case numbness or any other symptoms (tingling, burning, heaviness, or tiredness) are observed
Diabetes is one of the major causes of neuropathy. Adding a podiatrist in the health-care team can provide diabetic people with some necessary information, that will help them to manage the effects of diabetes on their feet.
To get more information about this campaign, and to look for a podiatrist in their area, the public can visit the website www.apma.org/diabetes.
Today, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the leading professional organization for a podiatrist. DPMs are qualified by their training, education, and experience to diagnose and cure conditions that affect the ankle, foot, and structures of the leg.
In the U.S. and its territories, APMA has nearly 53 state component locations, with a membership of over 12,500 podiatrists. And all practicing members of APMA are licensed by the state in which they are practicing podiatric medicine.