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Health First offers FREE Diabetes Foot Check Clinics

ROCKLEDGE, FL - The Health First Wound Management & Hyperbaric Center at 5191 S. Babcock St. NE in Palm Bay is offering free foot screenings for anyone who has been positively diagnosed with diabetes.

The Health First Wound Management & Hyperbaric Center, a service of Holmes Regional Medical Center, is offering the weekly Diabetes Foot Check Clinics to screen patients who have been positively diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

The screenings include an evaluation of feet circulation, temperature, and sensation in addition to checking toenails, calluses, and any open sores. The foot checks also include patient education and recommendations for proper foot care.

According to the American Diabetes Association, individuals with diabetes may suffer from poor circulation (blood flow) to the legs and feet (lower extremities) and are less able to fight infection and heal when injury to the lower extremities occurs. Diabetes causes blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden.

People with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated due to arterial disease, which reduces blood flow to the legs and feet. Many people with diabetes also have reduced feeling (sensation) in the extremities due to nerve disease. Together, these problems increase the occurrence of ulcers and infections that could lead to amputation.

The free foot checks are held every Wednesday from 1 to 4:30 pm. Advance appointments are required and can be made by calling the Health First Community Engagement Center at 321-434-4335 or sending an email to Community@Health-First.org. You can also visit the Health First Wound Management & Hyperbaric Center to make an appointment.

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