This is critical health information for diabetic patients. See a podiatrist annually for evaluation and at the first sign of injury or infection
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009
"This is critical health information for diabetic patients. See a podiatrist annually for evaluation and at the first sign of injury or infection," cautioned Dr. Tobi Todd.
Dr. Todd's passionate words were delivered during his keynote address to over 1,300 attendees at the 2009 Victory Over Diabetes Day (VOD) in Atlanta. VOD is The American Diabetes Association's (ADA) annual event at the Georgia International Conference Center. This year's conference was held on Saturday, August 29 with a full day of free workshops and health screenings for diabetics and their care givers.
The day began with the keynote address launching the activities. Dr. Todd, a podiatric surgeon with Village Podiatry Centers, discussed diabetes impact on the foot which may lead to serious conditions including neuropathy (loss of feeling), infections and diabetic ulcers or non-healing wounds. Dr. Todd warned that diabetic foot problems, if left unchecked, can put the patient at high risk of amputation. He stressed the importance of keeping diabetes under control through diet, exercise and medication. He further encouraged the audience in daily good habits of wearing properly fitted shoes, regularly inspecting their feet and annual foot screenings.
Following the opening session, Dr. Todd, Dr. LaWanna Monday and Dr. Dane Ulett, provided free foot screenings. The Village Podiatry Centers' doctors were assisted by twelve of their staff who manned the information and registration booths. Hundreds of attendees were provided foot health information with 128 patients receiving free foot screenings and consultations.
"Diabetics are a large percentage of our patient base at Village Podiatry Centers," said Dr. Todd. "Our practice is committed to supporting the work of the ADA in helping these patients stay informed and healthy."
Village Podiatry Centers is an annual community partner of the American Diabetes Association through sponsorships and fundraising events.
More information about Village Podiatry Centers can be found online at http://www.villagepodiatrycenters.com
About Village Podiatry Centers
Village Podiatry Centers' 28 physicians deliver comprehensive treatment for the lower extremity in 24 offices in metro Atlanta and middle Georgia. Services include medical treatment and surgery for all ages, conditions, and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower leg. The physicians specialize in diabetic foot care and advanced wound care therapies. Village Podiatry Centers employs more than 125 support staff. The corporate headquarters is located in Smyrna, Georgia.
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