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If you have DIABETES, your feet need special attention. This site helps you care for your feet and provides tips to prevent serious foot problems.

  • Diabetes is 4 times more common than all forms of cancer combined. 1 in 3 North Americans have been diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic, and 11 million live with the disease without even knowing it.
  • During the course of their disease, over 60% of diabetics will suffer from debilitating nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy.
  • Diabetes is one of the most widespread diseases in North America, with 8.6% of people diagnosed with the disease today. Diabetes is on the rise - the number of diabetics increases by 8% every year. Diabetic neuropathy will affect over 21.6 million people - that's more than the entire population of New York State.
  • Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include Tingling or numb feet, Difficulty walking, Loss of balance, Shooting pain, Calluses and sores.
  • Diabetic neuropathy causes a loss of feeling in the feet and lower legs, where the nerves are damaged from high blood sugar levels. When minor injuries such as cuts, calluses, and blisters occur, the numbness may cause them to go unnoticed, leading to ulcers, and even amputation.
  • Nothing puts more diabetics in the hospital than diabetic neuropathy. 25% of diabetics will have a minor foot injury develop into an ulcer. Over half of foot ulcers will require hospitalization and 1 in 5 will require amputation.
  • Foot damage immediately doubles a diabetic's likelihood of dying over the next decade when compared to a non-diabetic.  Almost 100,000 limbs are lost to diabetes each year in teh United States. Ever 30 minutes, one limb is lost to a landmine. Over the same time period, 60 limbs will be lost to diabetes.