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Dr. Christopher J. Gauland
Dr. Jonathan C. O’Quinn
Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal

(252) 830-1000

Greenville, North Carolina

Q: Is it dangerous for a diabetic patient to walk without shoes and socks on?

A: YES. One patient stepped on a sewing needle. Because of his diabetes, he did not feel it at first. By the time he did, he was starting to develop a serious infection. The infection put him in the hospital, and he developed gangrene and lost the front half of his foot. The rule with sharp things dropped on the floor is this: the one you do not find will find you. An ounce of prevention...

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