Diabetes is the most common cause of amputations in the lower extremities in this country. Therefore, regular foot care and checkups are important. Diabetes has a profound effect on the lower extremity, including circulation, immune system response and neurological function.
Diabetic foot care may be as simple as yearly checkups. It frequently involves trimming of toenails and calluses. It is also important for patients to be educated on proper foot care, to check their feet on a regular basis, maintain proper control of blood sugars and obtain proper shoe gear.