Fight4MyFeet Campaign Fights to Increase Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Last month, the Fight4MyFeet campaign launched to increase awareness of diabetic foot ulcers among people with diabetes, including a host of valuable tips on how to protect and care for your feet. Over time, high blood sugars can lead to impaired blood flow to the feet and nerve damage (neuropathy). These complications can lead to a loss of feeling in the feet, reduced ability to fight infection, and a reduced capacity to heal wounds. With such damage, patients might step on a sharp object and not feel it, or they might have a wound on their foot that is slow to heal or becomes infected. These kinds of sores are called diabetic foot ulcers. Fight4MyFeet provides an important resource to learn about foot care and this common complication of diabetes, since a stunning 15% of people with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime. The risk of lower extremity amputation is actually 15 to 46 times higher in people with diabetes than people without diabetes, so anything that can improve these statistics would make an incredible difference in patients’ lives. We particularly appreciated the patient stories featured on the site, which provide testimonials from people with diabetes who have lived with diabetic foot ulcers and how they can affect your daily life.
Fight4MyFeet is an educational program and its online resource includes websites dedicated to both patients and healthcare providers. The website contains easy-to-understand information and provides some actionable tips for people with diabetes to take care of their feet. You can learn more by visiting www.Fight4MyFeet.com. -NL