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GROUND-LEVEL WATCH

If you have diabetes, daily self-examinations and regular foot screenings by a doctor can help save your feet. Foot complications such as infection, ulceration and gangrene cause more than 67,000 amputations in people with diabetes each year, but 50 percent to 75 percent of them are preventable.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons explains what to look out for and offers tips on caring for diabetic feet in a free brochure, Diabetic Foot Problems and Treatments. The brochure is available on the Web at www.acfas.org; a printed copy can be obtained by calling toll-free (888) 843-3338.

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