January 2013

Podiatrist publishes on diabetes self-care, hopes to help to prevent foot complications

Mark Hinkes, DPM, chief of podiatry at the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nash­ville, has published an easy-to-read guide for prevention, treatment, and self-care of foot problems for people with diabetes and their caregivers.

Healthy Feet for People With Diabetes teaches patients about foot self-care so they can identify potential foot problems before they get out of control. Medical terms are simplified; dos and don’ts are clearly identified; and there are “Top Tips” for everything from selecting socks and shoes to suggestions for caregivers.

The 150-page book, which is also available as an e-book, is a blend of magazine and textbook, with large type, boxed lists, pictures that make foot health issues easy to identify, and extensive references to Internet links and foot health informational resources.

The print book is available on Amazon and on Hinkes’ website, dr-mark.net. Books sold through the author’s website are autographed by Hinkes and buyers receive two monofilament wires with each copy they purchase.

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