Every 30 seconds, someone loses a limb due to diabetes. Dr. Mark Hinkes, who has been a podiatrist for more than 30 years, has seen too many patients meet that fate, and decided to do something about it. Through his latest book, Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes (HealthyFeet, LLC; $29.99; August, 2012), he is focusing on prevention by providing a comprehensive guide to foot care with easy-to-follow steps for those most at risk of having foot problems.
“People don’t need to endure foot ulcers, infections, and the debilitating loss of toes, feet, or legs; if they just took the time to learn and follow simple, practical steps to good foot health care, they could stop most foot problems before they get out of control,” Dr. Hinkes says.
Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes includes 20 concise, yet thorough, chapters offering users self-care techniques in an engaging blend of magazine and textbook formats, featuring large type, boxed lists, and images that make foot health issues easy to visually identify. Based on the latest scientific evidence, this 150-page book includes education on daily foot care and the management of common foot issues, to information specifically about the care team including podiatrists, health care providers and caregivers. An extensive resource section is also provided for both patient and clinician reference.
To make the book more user-friendly for patients, medical terms are simplified; Do’s and Don’ts are clearly identified; and there are “Top Tips” for everything from selecting socks and shoes, to skin care, to suggestions for caregivers.
For example, the 11-page Chapter on Shoes includes tips on the best (and worst) type of shoes for people with diabetes; guidelines on buying shoes; how to perform a daily shoe check; and descriptions of shoes designed for specific foot problems, with extra depth, insoles, custom molding, and other modifications.
The Table of Contents and first chapter of the book are available online at www.Dr-Mark.net. The book can be purchased by clicking here, with discounted rates for bulk quantities, as well as on Amazon.com, where it can also be downloaded as an e-book.
About Dr. Mark Hinkes
Dr. Hinkes is Chief of Podiatry and Director of Podiatric Medical Education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, Tennessee. He was Chairman of the Preservation Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT) Program for a decade. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Professional Wound Care Association and is a Diplomat of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes follows publication of his first book, Keep the Legs You Stand On.