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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 28, 2020
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: foot ulcers  

Ulcers and P.A.D.

Many of our patients have diabetes and decreased circulation is another symptom that defines this chronic disease. Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, is the common cause of this decreased circulation. For patients with diabetes, this lessened circulation can have damaging consequences to daily movement, including ulcers and infection. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center likes to educate his patients on the many ways this condition directly impacts their feet. Learn more today about PAD.

It’s all about your arteries

PAD is a condition that is caused when plaque builds up in your arteries; this plaque build-up is called atherosclerosis. As time progresses, this buildup can harden and narrow your arteries, which affects how blood flows throughout your body. This condition typically impacts your lower extremities, like your legs, but other areas can be impacted, too. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting smoking are a few things that you can do today to decrease your risk of developing PAD.

People with diabetes are at risk

Smoking is a huge risk factor, but people with diabetes are also at risk because a high amount of sugar in the blood can cause damage to arteries. If you are 70 or older, or if you have a history of smoking or diabetes, we recommend that you get checked for peripheral arterial disease. Poor circulation impacts the body’s ability to heal. Wounds that are slow to heal can worsen or become infected, leading to ulcers.

Your symptoms are saying something

If you have non-healing wounds, you may be experiencing a symptom of PAD. Discolored skin, weak pulses in your legs or feet, and a lower temperature in your feet or legs may also be symptoms.

If you’re at risk for PAD, increase your physical activity, quit smoking, and improve your diet. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470 to see if this condition is impacting your ability to move. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

 

With the holidays approaching, delicious food, family traditions, and fun are all around the corner. For children with diabetes, this time can be exciting and overwhelming. For parents, it may require additional monitoring of blood sugar levels.  At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to help you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving while ensuring that your child remains healthy.

Here are a few tips for parents this Thanksgiving:

Know the menu

Whether you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home or visiting family members, know in advance what may be on your child’s plate. If you’re going to be guests at someone’s home, this may even give you enough time to mention your child’s nutritional needs. It’s much easier to ask in advance than to respond to surprises or disappointments.

Watch portion sizes

During Thanksgiving, many people feel that this is the time to fill plates and return for multiple helpings. While it’s OK to take a few extra bites of your family’s favorite recipe, people with diabetes must be very careful to eat in moderation. For children, this can be challenging. We encourage parents to keep an eye on portion sizes for their children, encouraging them to instead leave room for leftovers the next day.  

Check your phone

You, too, can use technology to monitor your child’s glucose levels. Download an app on your phone to document and monitor your child’s glucose levels throughout the day. Make the appropriate adjustments, and be sure to encourage your child that they can enjoy delicious food any day of the year.  There’s no need to make food decisions that can negatively impact their health.

If this is your first Thanksgiving with a child who has diabetes, you’re not alone. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about diabetes management. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of the Clark Podiatry Center. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office.

 

 

 

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 04, 2019
Category: Diabetes issues

November is American Diabetes Month, and at Clark Podiatry Center we want to do everything we can to help patients decrease their risk for this disease which can severely impact the health of your feet. Conditions associated with diabetes include neuropathy and decreased circulation. This can result in diabetic ulcers and wounds that can be very difficult to heal, and may lead to infection and even amputation. Researchers have also found a correlation between diabetes and certain kinds of cancer, including breast, bladder, liver, pancreas, colon and uterus. Diabetes and cancer share certain risk factors—some of which you can change, and some you cannot. Know your risk and make lifestyle changes now that will decrease the likelihood of you getting diabetes or cancer in the future.

Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Age—your risk for both type 2 diabetes and cancer go up as you get older.

Gender—men have a slightly higher risk for diabetes than women, and more cases of cancer occur in men than women.

Race/Ethnicity—for type 2 diabetes, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders are more at risk. African Americans and non-Hispanic whites have a greater likelihood of developing cancer.

Risk Factors You Can Control

Weight—being overweight increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and also for some types of cancer.

Activity Level—being physically active and having a regular exercise regimen can reduce your risk for diabetes and also for certain types of cancer.

Smoking—being a smoker is a known risk factor for several types of cancer and studies also suggest that it increases your chances of developing diabetes. In addition, smoking is known to inhibit circulation—something that could already be a potential issue for patients with diabetes.

Alcohol Consumption—women who have more than one drink a day, and men who have more than two drinks a day, are shown to have a greater risk for both cancer and diabetes.

If you want to learn more about your risk for diabetes, make an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center  by calling 732-382-3470. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy will examine your feet be happy to discuss ways to be proactive in preventing diabetes. We are a proud to say that the New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center. We look forward to serving you at our Clark, New Jersey office.

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

 

 



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