Joy Pape's Past Columns

Nov. 2010 - Your Wound Care Resource, Part 4
Diabaetes wound healing begins with proper treatment.

Sept. 2010 - Your Wound Care Resource, Part 3
Taking the first steps toward wound treatment.

July 2010 - Your Wound Care Resource, Part 2
Discovering and treating a pressure sore.

May 2010 - Your Wound Care Resource, Part 1
Treating stubborn wounds and sores.

March 2010 - Medicine for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) May Surprise You
Antidepressants, anticonvulsants do double duty.

Jan. 2010 - When Wearing Shoes Hurts and Other Foot Issues
Tips for your feet in everyday situations.

Nov. 2009 - Limb Loss Prevention Continues
3 more tips for you to keep your feet and legs for life.

Sept. 2009 - Prevent Limb Loss
3 tips for you to keep your feet and legs for life.

July 2009 - Your Questions Answered About Diabetes Peripheral Neuropathy
Prevention, treatment a possibility.

May 2009 - Why the White Socks?
With foot complications of diabetes, socks can tell all.

March 2009 - What You Don't Need (SS)
The truth behind diabetes products.

Dec. 2008 - Avoid the Fraud of Diabetic Shoes
Footwear needs can often be met at everyday shoe stores.

Nov. 2008 - A Holiday Gift to Soothe the Sole
To show love to your feet, treat them well.

Oct. 2008 - Feeling the Freeze
Protect yourself by identifying the causes of cold feet.

Sept. 2008 - Dry Skin? Don't Always Blame it on Diabetes
Environment, other conditions sometimes factors.

Aug. 2008 - Always Remember the Basics
If you don't know 'em, it's time to learn 'em.

July 2008 - Athlete's Foot: Is It for Athlete's Only
Infection looms in fickle fungus.

June 2008 - Barefoot on the Beach? Not!
Even the most diligent should keep their shoes on.

May 20008 - Summer Toes and Feet WoesDon't Gross Me Out: Part 2
Shoeless strolls outdoors can lead to major health hazards.

April 2008 - Don't Gross Me Out: Part 1
Household accidents can have serious implications.

March 2008 - Alternatives for Your Aching Feet Part 2
Capsaicin may give the kick they need.

Feb. 2008 - Alternatives for Your Aching Feet Part 1
Two treatment options tackle the pain of DPN.

Jan. 2008 - Help! My Feet and Legs are Swollen
Presence of edema rooted in multiple causes.

Dec. 2007 - Double Trouble from Common Foot Problems and Diabetes - Part 3
Hammering out the problem with hammertoes.

Nov. 2007 - Double Trouble from Common Foot Problems and Diabetes - Part 2
Beating bunions.

Oct. 2007 - Double Trouble from Common Foot Problems and Diabetes - Part 1
Common foot problems doesn't mean without trouble.

Oct. 2007 - Got Pain In Your Legs and Feet? Get the Right Diagnosis!
Neuropathy not always the root of nerve issues.

Aug. 2007 - Don't Forget Your Shoes!
Make smart footwear choices when traveling.

June 2007 - Face It Now or It Won't Be Pretty
Protect your limbs with proper foot care.

May 2007 - Do Crocs Rock?
Latest foot fad may give pause for people with diabetes.

April 2007 - Flip Flops, No Socks, and Crocs
Keeping footwear cute and diabetes-friendly in the summertime.

March 2007 - The Nerve of Your Feet!
Great diabetes care does not guarantee problem-free extremities.

Feb. 2007 - Take A Look To Keep Your Feet
Daily diligence will help keep you on your toes for life.

Jan. 2007 - Your Skin and Beyond - Part 4
Prevention is the first, last, and best step in wound treatment.

Dec. 2006 - Your Skin and Beyond - Part 3
Know your wounds before you treat your wounds.

Nov. 2006 Shoes Can Make or Break Your Outfit
But don't break the diabetes shoe rules for the holidays.

Oct. 2006 - Your Skin and Beyond – Part 2
Understand the beauty of skin protection.

Sept. 2006 - Your Skin and Beyond - Part 1
Good diabetes management shows inside and out.

Aug. 2006 - Summer Toes, Feet And Summer Shoes: Part Two
Once feet are pampered, it's time to chose shoes.

July 2006 - Summer Toes, Feet, and Shoes
Toeing the line between fashion and best health choices.

May 2006 - I Can't Exercise Because of My Feet
Get the facts on your health before you get to moving.

Jan. 2006 - Diabetes and Feet — What's the Deal?
Why and how to take that extra care

Dec. 2005 - I Don't Want To Wear Ugly Shoes! Especially During The Holidays!
Diabetes does not have to limit your choice of footwear.

Nov. 2005 - Oh, My Aching, Cracked Feet!
Pinpointing neuropathy symptoms can be a challenge

Oct. 2005 - Neuropathy By Any Other Disease is Still Neuropathy
Even with co-morbidities, nerve pain must be addressed

Sept. 2005 - Stay On Your Toes
Finding the right doctors, shoes for your feet

Aug. 2005 - An Ounce of Prevention Can Keep Your Feet Healthy for Life
High blood sugars common source of many issues

May 2005 - The Do's and Dont's of Foot Care
Basic steps can help keep wounds at bay

April 2005 - Footwear Myths and Other Misinformation
There are a lot of myths about diabetes and footcare - unavoidable amputation and the curse of ugly footwear being two of the more common ones. Joy Pape busts these myths and more in the debut edition of "Inside the Box."

Last Modified Date: April 17, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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