Car­ing for your feet is a good step to take

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THIS Na­tional Di­a­betes Week from July 10-16, Di­a­betes WA is rais­ing aware­ness of the im­por­tance for peo­ple with all types of di­a­betes to take care of their feet.

Re­gret­tably, each year 4400 Aus­tralians with di­a­betes will un­dergo a lower limb am­pu­ta­tion due to di­a­betes-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions.

It is es­ti­mated that with early de­tec­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment, 85 per cent of these cases could have been pre­vented.

Di­a­betes can cause nerve dam­age and loss of cir­cu­la­tion, mean­ing in­juries to the feet of­ten go un­no­ticed and are very slow to heal.

So make sure to put your best foot for­ward and re­duce your risk. Learn the six steps to car­ing for your feet at www.di­a­beteswa.com.au, or call 1300 136 588 to book an in­di­vid­ual con­sul­ta­tion with a di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor.

More­over, for those of you say­ing “so what - I don’t have di­a­betes” – did you know there are es­ti­mated to be 500,000 peo­ple in Aus­tralia who have di­a­betes but do not know it? An­drew Wagstaff,

chief ex­ec­u­tive, Di­a­betes WA, Su­bi­aco.

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