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November 13, 2000

Event: American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society's Diabetic Foot

Screening Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2000; 4:30 pm - 7 pm

Place: Clark Musculoskeletal Clinic, Strong Memorial Hospital (Parking is available in the visitor lot on Crittenden Boulevard, across the street from the Musculoskeletal entrance.)

Cost: No charge and open to individuals of all ages with diabetes

The early detection of diabetic foot and ankle problems such as loss of sensation, development of foot ulcers, and progressive deformities can potentially prevent lower limb amputations in diabetics. Strong Memorial Hospital's Department of Orthopaedics, Foot and Ankle Division, is sponsoring a free diabetic foot screening on Wednesday, November 15 from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. This event is part of the American Foot and Ankle Society's nationwide screening being held during the month of November.

Strong orthopaedic surgeons Benedict DiGiovanni, M.D., and Judith Baumhauer, M.D., both fellowship-trained orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists, will conduct the screenings. A foot and ankle nurse practitioner, a specialist in shoe and brace wear for the diabetic, and a diabetic education and treatment team will also assist with the screenings.

In New York State, an estimated 580,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 3,700 have lost a limb to the disease since 1995. In Monroe County alone, 22,000 individuals have diabetes, and seven percent have undergone lower limb amputations.

"Severe complications and resultant amputations of the foot and ankle in diabetics can be avoided by appropriate shoe and insert usage, plus daily foot self-examination looking for skin blisters, ulcers, or excess callus," said Judith Baumhauer, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics.

"Each screening will take between 10 and 15 minutes to conduct and individuals will be provided with informational brochures about daily and long-term foot care. A diabetic foot care patient video will also be available for viewing during the screening session," said Benedict DiGiovanni, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics.

Interested participants are encouraged to make an appointment for the free screening, although walk-ins are acceptable. The number to call is (716) 275-5321.

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