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Patients I see should check there feet at least once per day. This will minimize future problems and potential infections. Always check your feet, bottom and the top and in between the toes. Diabetic foot problems can be prevented. Also monitor your blood sugars and maintain a proper diet.

Also, most importantly, If you are a diabetic, make an appointment to see a podiatrist at least 1 time per year. Studies have shown that seeing a podiatrist once per year can save your foot and save the insurance company $19,686 per year per patient. If you add all the numbers of all patients with diabetes and if each one of them sees a podiatrist once per year it will save 1.97 billion dollars for commercial insurance and 1.53 billion for Medicare. The study is called the Thomson Reuters study and should be sent to president Obama, to help save our economy too.

See Dr. Timko’s web site for more information on diabetic foot problems.

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Dr. Dennis Timko, is a podiatrist in the St. Louis, Eureka, MO. area. Dr. Timko specializes in diabetic foot care, foot surgery, AFOs, and orthotics. Dr. Timko is the solo owner of Arch City Foot & Ankle, which has been in business since 2003.

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  1. I am desperate to find some help for my 20 year old son who has been digsaoned with tarsal coalition. He has been seen by a local orthopaedic specialist for the last 7 months. We have completed all of the normal treatments recommended for this disorder (immobilization, walking boots, customized shoe inserts, specialty shoes and socks, extended physical therapy, anti-inflammatory). His doctor released him saying that was all she could do and did not think he was a candidate for either types of surgery since both sides of both feet are involved. He continues to be in constant pain and can barely walk at this point. PLEASE tell me who might be able to help him.Thank you for your time!!

    • At 20 years old his bones are fully grown and may need surgery to remove the coalition. Try seeing a podiatric surgeon in your area. It depends what part of the foot the coalition is located to help decide what type of surgery he will need. He will need a CT scan to fully evaluate the coalition before the surgery. Good luck.

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