“Why is a callus on the bottom of my foot potentially dangerous?”

Calluses are one of nature’s ways of protecting our bodies, especially when occurring on the hands and feet.  So how can something that is inherently protective, represent impending danger?   Simply stated, calluses are a build-up of skin, typically over a bony prominence where repetitive, minor trauma has occurred over time.   Athletes, manual laborers, guitar players, dancers, or anyone who uses…

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I have been diagnosed with a chronic diabetic foot ulcer and I’m terrified it will get worse. What are the most important things I can do to prevent amputation?

If you are one of the approximately 30 million people in the United States with diabetes, then hopefully you are aware of the term “diabetic foot ulcer”.   Why do diabetics often develop ulcers, which are non-healing wounds on their feet?  Once present, will these wounds result in amputation? First, some staggering statistics that reveal how vast this problem is, and…

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