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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Foot Care

People who have diabetes are at high risk for nerve and vascular damage that can result in loss of protective sensation in the feet, reduced circulation, and poor healing. Foot ulcers and amputations, due to diabetic neuropathy and/or peripheral arterial disease (PAD), are common and preventable causes of disability in adults with diabetes. Since 10-20% of patients with diabetes who present for routine care will have a condition that requires prompt attention (e.g., calluses, bacterial or fungal infections, bulky or ingrown nails, or frank ulceration), it is important to inspect patients' feet at every diabetes visit.

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