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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 08, 2017
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: diabetes   nerves   feet  

November is designated as a time to raise awareness about diabetes. That’s why, for American Diabetes Month, we want you to learn more about how it affects millions of American adults. We encourage you to share this information so that more people can become involved in understanding the disease and actively trying to reduce their risk for developing it.

The Basics

Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. This happens when insulin, the hormone that normally controls blood glucose levels, is either absent or not properly used by the body, leading to serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, as well as damage to the nerves, feet, kidney, and/or eyes.

Types of Diabetes

There are 4 general types of Diabetes:

  • Prediabetes: Your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetic. Those with prediabetes are at higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Type 1: Typically begins early (child to young adult) and onset of symptoms are usually quick. The pancreas stops or reduces insulin production.
  • Type 2: Typically begins after 45 years of age and onset of symptoms can be slow. Insulin is present, but your cells become resistant to it, resulting in high blood sugar.
  • Gestational Diabetes: During pregnancy, some hormones make the cells resistant to insulin. For some, the condition goes away after the birth of the baby, but the mother then has higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later on.

Risk Factors and Symptoms

Researchers believe that eventually, 1 in 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. While the exact cause is still unknown, genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle seem to play a part. Those who live a sedentary lifestyle, have excess weight, smoke, and have high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

If you have the following symptoms, check in with your doctor to be screened for diabetes or prediabetes:

  • Urinating often and feeling thirstier
  • Hunger and fatigue (which would happen if your cells were not getting sugar)
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing wounds or loss of sensation

Folks with diabetes are at risk for long-term issues like nerve damage, which can also lead to foot damage. When blood sugar is too high, it can damage the nerves in the hands and feet, leading to a loss of feeling. This can result in foot injury or damage that goes unnoticed and becomes severe. Sometimes, loss of feeling in the feet are the first symptoms that patients become aware of, leading to a diagnosis of diabetes. If you have foot issues, including numbness or tingling in the feet, come see us right away to help you get the right diagnosis. Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet to meet your needs at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office

 

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 06, 2014
Category: Diabetes issues

For New Jerseyans, the cost of diabetes has never been greater. Not only does the disease cause detriment to the well-being of New Jersey’s citizens, it also puts a tremendous financial burden on the state. More than 625,000 people in New Jersey suffer from diabetes, and the total cost of diabetes in the state exceeds $7.85 billion per year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that a third of this cost stems from indirect costs such as lost work productivity, and that two thirds of the cost is a direct result of medical bills.

A major cost associated with diabetic medical care is lower-limb amputation. Diabetes can cause patients to lose sensation in their extremities, so an individual may not immediately notice injuries to his or her feet. This can cause diabetic ulcers—wounds on the feet that are slow to heal and prone to infection—which often require amputation. In 2013, about 73,000 Americans with diabetes needed amputations. The average cost for each amputation is more than $70,000.

For those who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease, regular checkups by a podiatrist—at least annually—are one of the easiest ways to outsmart diabetes and prevent most foot complications. In fact, including a podiatrist in your care can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85 percent. 

A Thomson Reuters study sponsored by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that among patients with commercial insurance, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $27 to $51 of savings for the health-care system.  Among Medicare eligible patients, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $9 to $13 of savings. 

New Jerseyans shouldn’t let a lack of health insurance keep them from receiving proper foot care. Podiatrists work in health clinics, in addition to private practices, treating patients. I’ve worked with patients to create alternative options such as payment plans. 

With proactive foot care, New Jerseyans can reduce the risk of infection and amputation, improve function and quality of life, and reduce health-care costs.

If you have questions about diabetes, diabetic foot care or for an appointment for an examination, contact us.

 

Brandon Macy, D.P.M

1114 Raritan Rd., Clark, NJ 07066

732-382-3470

www.clarkpodiatry.com

 

 

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
March 15, 2012
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: Athletes Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our Clark office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips from Clark Podiatry Center for avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with Clark Podiatry Center before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our Clark office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!



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