BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Podiatric Medical Association announced today its new Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation campaign, which will educate the public about the relationship between diabetes and vascular disease.
Diabetes can cause atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque that causes the arteries to harden and narrow. This buildup results in a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet, which is commonly referred to as poor circulation. "Your feet are an early warning system for vascular disease," said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. "That is why podiatrists are often the first physicians to spot vascular disease. It's also why it is so important to include a podiatrist as part of your diabetes management team. Vascular disease is serious and can increase your risk for amputation. If your condition worsens, it may be necessary for your podiatrist to refer you to a vascular surgeon." Podiatrists are physicians who are specially trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. Studies have proven that care provided by a podiatrist can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.