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Every 20 seconds, someone loses a limb due to diabetes. Dr. Mark Hinkes, who has been a podiatrist for nearly 40 years, has seen too many of his patients meet that fate, and decided to do something about it. Through his new book, Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes, he is focusing on prevention by providing a comprehensive guide to foot care with easy-to-follow steps for those most at risk of having foot problems.
“People don’t need to endure foot ulcers, infections, and the debilitating loss of toes, feet, or legs; if they just took the time to learn and follow simple, practical steps to good foot health care, they could stop most foot problems before they got out of control,” Dr. Hinkes says.
To make the book more user-friendly, medical terms are simpliﬁed; Do’s and Don’ts are clearly identiﬁed; and there are “Top Tips” for everything from selecting socks and shoes, to skin care, to suggestions for caregivers.
For example, the 11-page chapter on Shoes includes tips on the best (and worst) type of shoes for people with diabetes; guidelines on buying shoes; how to perform a daily shoe check; and descriptions of shoes designed for speciﬁc foot problems, with extra depth, insoles, custom molding, and other modiﬁcations.
The Table of Contents and first Chapter of the book are available online at www.Dr-Mark.net. The book is available for purchase at that site as well as on amazon.com, where it can also be downloaded.
Dr. Hinkes has been Chief of Podiatry and Director of Podiatric Medical Education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, Tennessee. He was Chairman of the Preservation Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT) Program for a decade. He is certiﬁed by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Professional Wound Care Association and is a diplomat of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Healthy Feet follows publication of his first book, Keep the Legs You Stand On. Dr. Hinkes would be happy to grant media interviews, please click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ el_class=”testimage “][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”td-default”][/vc_column][/vc_row]