Almost 26 million people have diabetes in the United States… that is about 8 percent of the American population. Diabetes is responsible for as much as 80 percent of non-traumatic foot amputations each year.
Summer Joy stopped by Bingham Memorial Hospital to find out what they are doing to beat the odds.
Dr. Dan Robinson is announcing a diabetic foot screening clinic, held in the medical plaza at Bingham Memorial Hospital every other Monday starting on January 7th. His goal is to bring awareness about the importance of not only watching your blood sugar, but also your feet. To help patients identify any changes or problems before they require costly or drastic treatments, like amputation.
“It’s not a scary thing, it should be a positive thing. We want to help you get and stay normal when it comes to your feet’s condition. If they can understand I’m not there to be the bearer of bad news. I want to be there and say, hey your foot is doing great; let’s keep that up,” said Dr. Dan Robinson, a foot and ankle expert at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
The Diabetic foot screenings includes an initial evaluation of foot health, and is the first step in watching for conditions such as neuropathy, foot ulcers, peripheral vascular disease, cracking and peeling skin, and calluses, all of which can eventually lead to major surgeries.
“If they are experiencing, especially any issues where they feel like their feet are constantly cold, or if its getting worse, numb, tingling, burning sensations in their feet, that’s when you need to seek these exams and have these feet evaluated,” added Dr. Robinson
It’s like, cancer, early detection is the key for diabetes related foot issues.
His advice to help prevent diabetes and keeping your feet healthy is to exercise regularly and to eat healthy.
Dr. Dan Robinson holds regular diabetic foot screenings ever other Monday from 1pm to 5pm, for more information or to set up an appointment, you can 208-782-2490