Friday, January 8, 2010

Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE)

2010 is bringing some exciting additions for the Foot & Ankle Institute. For the past few months, our doctors have been working hard to implement a system that will allow them to be on the cutting edge of preventative care for our diabetic patients.

With this goal in mind, we have begun seeing patients for the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exams (CDFE). The goal of the CDFE is to find any changes in your feet as early as possible.

Nerve damage, poor circulation, and trouble fighting infections can make foot problems serious for people with diabetes. Nerve damage makes the skin and nails susceptible to injury. Healing is often slowed down or more difficult for people with diabetes. Skin breakdown can lead to chronic foot ulcers (long standing sores).  In most cases, proper care of your feet can prevent ulcers and the risk of amputation.

Each diabetic patient is given a risk rating depending on their condition allowing the doctor to better monitor their progress and potential problems. This exam, although quick and simple to perform, is a crucial part to keeping our diabetic patients healthy.

Please call (435) 628-2671 to schedule an exam or to find out more details.

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