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The medical staff at Curative Wound Care Centers recommends following certain basic steps in proper foot care - ranging from wearing the right kind of socks to trimming the toenails correctly - that are key in the prevention of amputations as a result of neuropathy.
"Knowledge of the warning signs for neuropathy and the preventative measures to avoid or lessen injuries, sores and infections is the 'first line of defense' in amputation prevention," advises George Dietrick, MD, vice president of medical affairs for Curative.
Curative manages more than 170 outpatient wound care centers in hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico. Call (800) 579-5959 to find the center nearest you.
Curative recommends seeing a physician from one to four times a year for routine testing for nerve damage. Curative's suggestions for diabetic foot wound and amputation prevention are:
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