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Description: Bendle and Nice, his 6 ½- year-old dog, walked more than 6,000 miles for diabetes awareness. Nice was treated to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in the knee as a result of the strenuous walk.

To take his mind off the dog’s procedure, Bendle took a walk through Gainesville Florida, stating “it was peer pressure.” Bendl’s mother Gerta Bendl, 54, passed away from complications of diabetes, which is why he started to create this awareness. Gerta had lost her toes and had gallbladder surgery because of the disease. One obese woman had neuropathy -- or lack of feeling -- in her feet. She started walking and lost a lot of weight, Bendl said. "She could move her feet again. She was as happy as a schoolgirl." Bendl's motto is simple: "Love yourself -- go for a walk."

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle.  Dr. Crismali can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

For more information on caring for your diabetic feet, visit our link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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