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Who Benefits Most from Reading this Book?
You will benefit from reading Healthy Feet for People With Diabetes if you have been diagnosed with diabetes! But the book may also be a good resource for YOU, if you have/had:
- Pre-Diabetes with higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet diagnosed as diabetes
- Caregiver Responsibilities for a loved one or friend who has diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Any illness that places your feet or legs in jeopardy for trauma
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), suffering with leg cramps when walking or leg pain in bed
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which affects blood vessels, especially those supplying the extremities, resulting in swollen legs, discolored and/or brownish skin, and venous leg ulcers.
- Vascular leg or by-pass surgery or if you’ve had a narrow metal or plastic tube (stent) placed in an artery in your leg to keep previously blocked passageways open.
- A foot ulcer, foot infection or if you’ve had your foot or leg amputated
- Blindness or low vision
- Renal Disease or if you are on dialysis
- Exposure to herbicides or pesticides, such as Agent Orange from the Korean or Viet Nam wars.
- Numbness in your feet or legs, which may be due to:
- Exposure to heavy metals (such as lead or mercury)
- Excessive radiation exposure
- Intravenous antibiotic therapy
- Chemotherapy for cancer
- Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages
- Back surgery or injury
- Loss of protective sensation for pain (LOPS) to your feet, due to peripheral sensory neuropathy or if you have, for any reason, failed to feel the monofilament wire when touched to your feet.
- Obesity, back pain or arthritis and are not able to reach your feet and care for them yourself.
- Foot deformities such as:
- Boney deformities like hallux abducto valgus or bunion, tailor’s bunion, digital deformities such as hammer toe, mallet toe, or claw toe.
- Soft tissue deformities such as corn or callus.
- Toenail deformities such as thick, deformed, or ingrown toenails.
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