CHRONIC CONDITIONS & FOOT HEALTH
The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association joins others in the fight against cancer during April is Cancer Awareness Month.
FOOT HEALTH DURING CANCER MONTH
Welcome to April
As we wait for Spring weather, the cancer society is busy selling daffodils and promoting the fight and the sense of hope as medical researchers and health care win some cancer battles.
Cancer care Ontario has issued a 2018 report that has considerable information and statistics evaluating the cancer battle on several fronts. It does tell us there will be more than 90,000 new cases of cancer diagnose din 2018 and over 30,000 will die from cancer in 2018. That sure gets out attention as health care professionals and creates a sense of urgency about informing you about cancer and foot health.
One of the biggest battles is fought on the prevention front. When you think about cancer you don’t think about your feet. Do you? But there are cancers found on the foot and you should be aware.
During the month of April we will share information on cancer, on melanoma (skin cancer) and feet, on foot tumours and bone cancer of the foot.
The renal foot is the term used to describe foot health issues for those with kidney disease.
The consequences of poor management of the renal foot are considerable and include prolonged ulceration, gangrene, ill health and in severe cases, amputation or even death. For those undergoing kidney dialysis, foot ulceration is a particular risk.
Some of us do not take the health of our feet seriously. In fact, for most, feet are covered in socks and shoes or slippers, unseen and out of mind. Good health requires health feet. And, your feet, often provide early indicators of underlying health conditions. This is often the case with arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and this month -- kidney disease. So, as part of your physical “spring tune-up” as you prepare for warmer weather and more physical activities, please check your feet or find the nearest podiatrist for a foot health check.