ANCHOR LEAD: DOCTORS SOMETIMES FORGET TO CHECK BOTH FEET IN PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The statistics are grim: when people with diabetes develop ulcers on their feet they’re at high risk for amputation. But a recent study concludes that many primary care physicians forget to examine both feet in their patients with diabetes. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says that’s a basic.
SAUDEK: It’s always rule one for doctors to examine people with diabetes with their shoes and socks off. The reason for that is to look for foot ulcers, and of course its also important for the patients to be looking themselves for whether or not they have a foot ulcer. I think one important point though to make it that certain people with diabetes are at high risk for foot ulcers and many are not. Really what puts you at high risk for a foot ulcer is neuropathy, nerve damage in the feet. :28
Saudek says folks with diabetes who do have neuropathy should simply remove shoes and socks every time they see their doctor. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.