Students at Temple University’s School of Podiatry have partnered with the American Diabetes Association and Independence Blue Cross to raise money and awareness of the devastating effects diabetes has on the feet.
KYW’s Michelle Durham reports the kick-off rally is in advance of the October 2nd 5K “Walk Out” event in Philadelphia where students will walk for the patients who can’t walk for themselves.
Podiatrist Dr. Kathya Zinszer:
“We have partnered as Temple Podiatry with the ADA (American Diabetes Association) to raise awareness for the devastating effects of diabetes, especially in the lower extremities. So the students have rallied together. There are different teams.”
Third year student Ben Tehrani explains why the feet are so vulnerable to diabetes patients:
“A lot of diabetics have poor vascularization in their feet and down to their toes. And they also have peripheral neuropathy, which means they can’t feel their feet when they are walking. They may step on something and may not heal.”
Dr. Zinszer says there is one thing everyone can do for their feet:
“Take the socks off. Make sure you are checking them!”