For those of you with Diabetes or who have a family member or friend with Diabetes, there is renewed hope. In a recent article in the Seattle Times, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), indicated that for the first time, there has been a drop in the number of lower extremity amputations. This has occurred despite the increased number of people who have diabetes. Two of the reasons given for the drop in number of amputations were the increased number of patients who have their feet evaluated and, the Medicare Approved Diabetic Shoe Program.
I have been a member of the team at the Northwest Hospital Wound Care Center for over twelve years. There, I have worked alongside several members of the team to treat and heal diabetic foot ulcers. Our success rate in healing diabetic wounds and preventing amputations has been wonderful. Now, Medicare has approved the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Evaluation, (CDFE), which is designed to help prevent the ulcerations from occurring in the first place.
The CDFE is performed at my office and includes a complete review of your medical history and an evaluation of the feet particularly focused on your sensation, circulation, and all foot deformities that may contribute to the development of a foot ulcer. With special pressure testing and temperature testing, we are then able to identify any areas of the foot at risk, and implement preventive measures immediately.
The most important part of the evaluation is the patient education. Throughout your visit, Dr. Berg will teach you about the warning signs of an ulcer, and how to detect them. You will receive a packet of information that describes the simple steps to take to evaluate your own feet daily, and what to do should any of the warning signs appear in your feet. Finally, the evaluation will help Dr. Berg determine whether you need diabetic therapeutic shoes, inserts, or further diagnostic studies such as testing your circulation or evaluating your balance. Depending on the results of the exam, you may receive a recommendation to repeat the CDFE between one and four times per year.
Don’t bury your head in the sand, or wait until the horse is out of the barn! Come in today and let us help you prevent diabetic foot ulcers. Protect your feet. They are your foundation and you only receive one pair that must last you a lifetime.
Thank you for listening.
Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot Surgeon
2611 NE 125th St., #130
Seattle, WA 98125
Our office is located in Lake City within 10 minutes of Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst. Parking is free. For bus commuters, routes 41 and 243 stop right in front of our office at 26th & NE 125th.