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New Journal Outlines Limb-Saving Procedure for Diabetic Foot Infections

In its first edition, the new bimonthly journal Foot & Ankle Specialist (FAS) offers a three-step treatment plan for patients with diabetic foot infections. Diabetic patients suffering from severe infections face a 25 percent risk of amputation.

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Like Cinderella's Sisters, Many People With Diabetes Squeeze Big Feet Into Small Shoes
Like Cinderella's Sisters, Many People With Diabetes Squeeze Big Feet Into Small Shoes

A recent Scottish study of a hundred people with diabetes found that about 63 percent of them were wearing the wrong shoe size. Because feet become wider and longer when they are being stood upon, all the patients had their feet examined while they were both sitting and standing.

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Q and A: Can My Father Avoid Amputation?

Q: Dear Diabetes Health, My 82-year-old father is a type 2 diabetic. He is in extreme pain due to an ulcer on his toe and is at risk of amputation of his foot. Here in Canada, the doctors are quick to amputate.

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Charcot Foot: A Story of Foot Reconstruction
Charcot Foot: A Story of Foot Reconstruction

Josephine Kulman has had type 1 diabetes for 45 years, ever since she was five years old. For much of her life, her blood sugars were rarely in control.

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What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions
What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions

For people without diabetes, fancy skin cream is often a sheer indulgence. For people with diabetes, however, it's a far more serious matter.

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Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination
Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination

In a recent study out of Britain, 253 people with their first diabetic foot ulcer were assessed for depression. Sadly, a full third of them suffered from clinical depression; to be precise, 24.1 percent had major depressive disorder and 8.1 percent had minor depression.

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U of M Researcher Develops Technique To Improve Diabetes Complications

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, June 19, 2007 - Birgitta I. Rice, MS, RPh, CHES, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, has developed a therapy that is proven to relieve leg pain and improve healing of chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. The training protocol was published in the May/June issue of The Diabetes Educator.

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The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers
The World's Tiniest Surgeons: Maggots Are All Over Foot Ulcers

In days of yore, along about the time when bloodletting was considered a legitimate cure, maggots were a popular tool in the surgeon's black bag. In the Civil War, doctors employed busy maggots to clean rotten tissue from wounds that might otherwise have led to amputation.

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It's a Wash:  New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers
It's a Wash: New Antimicrobial Solution Called Microcyn May Help Cure Diabetic Ulcers

Every chronic disease brings with it fears and concerns, and people with diabetes face an especially daunting possibility: infections that never heal, potentially ending in the loss of a lower limb.

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The Sad State of Diabetes Complications in America

A report released at a recent meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), called “The State of Diabetes Complications in America,” has revealed some pretty depressing facts about the consequences of diabetes today.

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