As Chief of Medical Staff of Beverly Hospital in Montebello. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the fact that during this pandemic the hospital remains fully functional with reference to treating all medical and surgical conditions that would be required. We follow strict guidelines to ensure your safety.
As November is Diabetes Awareness Month I wanted to share some important information. Did you know that more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes? More than 200 people lose a limb per day in our country secondary to this disease. Isn’t it time to do whatever we can to prevent this? As a board certified foot and ankle surgeon with now over 40 years of clinical experience I wanted to express some important guidelines with reference to diabetes awareness with the goal being prevention of complications.
I have recently completed a book that is entitled The Diabetic Foot Preventing Loss & Amputation- A Pictorial Approach. It is awaiting publication and will be available over the next few weeks. For now, it can be viewed on YouTube for free. We think it will offer you an ideal way of learning why the diabetic foot is at risk. My intention in writing this book is to prevent and limit the potential dreaded complications of this disease.
Here at Beverly Hospital we feature a team approach to the treatment of the diabetic foot. This involves multiple specialists from podiatric foot and ankle surgeons, infectious disease specialist, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and internists.
- Don’t delay any treatment. Unfortunately during this COVID pandemic, we have experienced an increased number of amputations being performed throughout the world.
- Refrain from attempting to treat the problem yourself. Leave treatment to physicians that specialize in these conditions.
- Be aware them many diabetics suffer from a condition known as neuropathy. This limits the ability for the patient to feel his or her foot. Thereby, if trauma or injury occurs they may not be aware of the damage that is occurring.
- Don’t delay any treatment with reference to the diabetic foot or ankle. Nor delay any treatment that involves your health. The physicians here at Beverly Hospital are ready to serve your needs.
Michael J. Marcus, DPM, FACFAS
Chief of Medical Staff