Foot Trouble Is Common
More than 22 percent of Americans with diabetes have some sort of foot problem, ranging from lesions and numbness to foot or toe amputation. Yet the numbers are improving, thanks to better self-care and medical intervention.
In fact, Giurini says, the amputation rate has dropped significantly in the past 25 years at the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Foot Center -- from 30 percent in 1984 to less than 8 percent today.
Proper foot care comes down to two principles, says Jessie Ahroni, Ph.D., author of 101 Tips on Foot Care for People with Diabetes: regular exams and wearing proper shoes.