The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Encourages Hispanic Health Awareness with “Knock Your Socks Off” Foot Care Campaign, Promotes Regular Foot Exams by Podiatrist to End Diabetes Complications.
APMA will host a “Tweet Your Socks Off” event on World Diabetes Day, November 14.
Because ADA data shows Hispanics are 66 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with the disease, the American Podiatric Medical Association is reaching out to the Hispanic population during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month. During November, APMA is promoting positive foot care by encouraging people with diabetes to “Knock Your Socks Off” to counteract this attack on Hispanic health and to help save your limbs and life.
Lack of physical activity, poor diet, and genetics are all leading causes of type 2 diabetes, a disease that kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, according to the ADA. Each of these risk factors is especially high among the Hispanic population, the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S., which has created a perfect storm of diabetes diagnoses.
APMA’s “Knock Your Socks Off” campaign urges people with diabetes to take one
simple action to help avoid some of the most serious diabetes complications: Get
an annual foot exam from a podiatrist, as it can reduce amputation rates by 45
to 85 percent according to the CDC.
“Your feet are a mirror of your health–especially when you have or are at
risk for diabetes,” said Dr. Michael King, APMA president. “The ‘Knock Your
Socks Off’ campaign encourages people with diabetes to get an annual foot
examination by today’s podiatrist, particularly if you are part of the Hispanic
community. Getting a foot exam, along with maintaining a good diet and proper
exercise, is vital to staying in control of diabetes and living a healthy
According to the CDC, 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes have mild
to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which often includes impaired
sensation or pain in the feet. Severe forms of nerve damage can lead to diabetic
foot ulcers and lower-extremity amputations.
However, a Thomson Reuters Healthcare study showed the U.S. health-care
system could save $3.5 billion annually and dramatically reduce hospitalizations
and amputation if every American at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer
visited a podiatrist once, before complications set in.
To help spread the word about important connections between foot health and
diabetes, APMA will take to Twitter for a “Tweet Your Socks Off” event on World
Diabetes Day, November 14. Users can follow @APMAtweets and ask questions about
foot care and diabetes in English and Spanish, and have questions answered by a
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