In an effort to reduce the number of amputations due to diabetic ulcers, a local Lions Club purchased 155 mirrors to make it easier to help those with the disease check their feet daily.

The mirrors were given to Marshall Medical Centers’ dieticians to distribute to patients.

“We hope this will improve the lives of 155 patients and help them avoid amputations,” said Amy McDonald of the Lions Club. “We want to help prevent amputations.”

McDonald demonstrated how some of the mirrors have telescoping handles to help those with limited mobility better see the bottoms of their feet. Others were handheld with wide mirrors.

Sheri Gaskin, dietician at Marshall South and a lifelong diabetic, said it was a great idea.

“That’s something we don’t always think about,” she said. “We all do education but we don’t always think about checking the feet.”

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