We’re getting ‘jazzy’ for National Diabetes Awareness month in November.
Jazz legend, Ella Fitzgerald is our musical inspiration for November’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 67- PM, EST.
Ella Fitzgerald had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee due to complications related to diabetes in 1993.
However, people with diabetes can prevent amputation by inspecting their feet daily and by being vigilant for warning signs of ulcers, including irritation, redness, cracked or dry skin (especially around the heels), or drainage on their socks.
The reason why amputation is common is because of nerve damage related to diabetes. A person with diabetes who experiences nerve damage is more likely to be unaware of a foot injury until it becomes infected. Infection can lead to partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. Regular care from a podiatrist can help reduce amputation rates between 45 and 85 percent, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
Podiatrist, Dr. Jodie Sengstock, DPM, MPMA says, “it’s important for those with the disease to receive regular foot exams by a podiatrist.”
“Although ulcers can occur anywhere on the foot or ankle, they are typically found on pressure points on the foot, like the ball of the foot or bottom of the big toe,” added Dr. Sengstock “If an ulcer is discovered, or other symptoms, a podiatrist should be seen immediately. In many cases, the foot can be saved with early treatment.”
TUNE IN: November’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast with music by Ella Fitzgerald. Guests include the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach (Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDE, Susan Weiner MS, RDN, CDE, CDN) Poet Lorraine Brooks, Ansley Dalbo, Best-Selling Author Anna J. Stewart, and Mama Rose Marie.