RENO, Nev (KOLO) November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s estimated 16,000,000 have itwhich includes Type 1 or Type 2. The local Veterans Hospital takes the disease seriously where easy emphasis on a patient’s foot may save a life.
Proceed inside Dr. Frank Davis’s workplace, and you’ll see a prosthetic. It’s a reminder to patients in the VA what may happen if they don’t take control of their diabetes.
Steven Potts has been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes while in the military. While he wasn’t pleased with the identification, he says it happened at a fantastic time.
“I have a pump now, I have good follow-up care. They’ve taken care of my toes. I’ve got an insulin pump and a wireless sugar sensor measuring my glucose through the day. I feel as the VA, especially here, is about the leading edge as far as patient care moves,” says Potts.
A WIN poster underscores what diabetics have to do–particularly as it applies to foot care. Wash, Inspect, and walk barefoot. It’s all a part of the veterans PAVE Program, which stands for Prevent Amputations, in Veterans, Everywhere.
A big target, considering most of the experts you see with amputated feet, legs and feet, ended up this way due to diabetes.
“Proceed and think nothing is wrong. I don’t hurt so nothing isn’t right. Plus they literally wear holes in the bottom of the feet. We call those diabetic foot ulcers,” says Podiatrist Dr. Frank Davis.
Dr. Davis says 45% of veterans diagnosed with foot ulcers die within 5 decades. To keep the infections at bay, Dr. Davis uses an Amfit Scanner to identify pressure points, irregular walking, along with other measurements to look an orthotic unique to the individual.
Once designed with the help of a computer, experts can get the shoe insert in about a month. More relaxation, uniform strain and better terrace are frequently the outcome, and of course diabetic foot ulcers don’t have to be inescapable.
Dr. Davis says diabetic patients frequently return six weeks to a year to be certain the orthotic is doing its job.