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Here's how to prevent thousands of foot amputations each year

from OZY

When Melissa Graham gets dressed in the morning, she always puts on a pair of fresh white socks. But it's not a fashion choice. If her foot temperature rises, the sock fibers send an alert to her phone, prompting her to check out her extremities. Graham has diabetes, and these socks could save her life. A rise in foot temperature sounds innocent, but for diabetics it can be a precursor to ulcers, which all too often result in a foot or leg amputation. And that loss of a body part can prove deadly. According to a 2013 study conducted by the European Society for Vascular Surgery: Up to 50 percent of diabetics die within two years of a foot or leg amputation. more


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