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Health Department to Hold Free Diabetes Foot Care Class
Friday June 16, 2006
The Louisville Metro Health Department will hold a free foot care class, Healthy Feet Can Last a Lifetime - Foot Facts for People with Diabetes, for people with diabetes and for those who provide care for those with diabetes.
The class will be held on Thursday June 29th from 1 to 3:30 PM in the Shively Municipal Building at 3920 Dixie Highway.
The class will include a presentation by a podiatrist as well as sessions by registered nurses. The class is free, but registration is requested due to space limitations. To register, phone 574-6663.
Diabetes is the leading cause of non traumatic injury amputations. In 2002 there were 1,180 lower limb amputations in Kentucky among people with diabetes. More than 75% of amputations among people with diabetes are preventable with proper care and yet fewer than 64% of people with diabetes in Kentucky have had a foot exam in the last year. Diabetes can also cause such other foot injuries as loss of feeling in the feet, distortions of the foot, and foot wounds that do not heal.