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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 15, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   APMA   children   legs and feet  

Your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes. While it can be a lot to take in, it may also not be as bad as you think. Children can adapt pretty well, as long as parents are well-informed and can help them make adjustments along the way. There are some important lifestyle changes to make, however, and we’ll give you some tips on keeping your diabetic child safe and healthy.

First off, what are diabetic foot ulcers?

According to the APMA, “A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot”. For some diabetics, uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can damage nerves. Nerve damage tends to happen in the legs and feet, which leads to loss of sensation (diabetic neuropathy), poor circulation, and slow healing. That’s why even a small cut or blister can become a difficult-to-heal ulcer.

What are preventative measures to take?    

Unless your child has already begun to experience a loss of sensation in the feet or poor circulation, he or she should be able to do everything normally. The following are tips for preventing diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle including nutritious food and regular physical activity. Keeping blood sugar levels at bay, and working off consumed sugar are healthy for proper insulin function. Stay on top of blood sugar levels with glucose tests and regular medication. Not only will your child feel better on a daily basis, it will also prevent complications down the road.
  • Wear proper footwear. Children should always wear the correct sized-shoes, not ones that are too tight or too big. This will cause foot problems like blisters, corns, and calluses, as well as risk injury from tripping.
  • Check their feet every day. Sometimes, the first sign of diabetic neuropathy is a cut or scrape that won’t heal. Treat any sores or wounds promptly and keep foot hygiene a priority.
  • Make sure to take your children to their annual podiatry visits so that our podiatrists can keep their feet safe and healthy.

For children who do have a loss of sensation and poor circulation, it’s safest if they wear shoes at all times and check their feet at least once a day. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your children’s feet and give them the treatment they need. Come see him at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 11, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetics   cracking skins  

As the winter weather fluctuates as much as it has, it is important as ever to pay attention to dressing properly for the weather. This is especially important when it comes to footwear for folks who have diabetes. There are higher risks for injury or foot health issues in the colder weather.

It’s hard enough for diabetics to care for themselves, so we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to offer tips to hopefully help you with self-care this winter.

  • Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, even if it’s cold. Keep your sugar levels in check and try to keep moving. If you’re braving the cold, make sure to bundle up and keep your extremities warm. Improper footwear or getting wet from cold rain or snow can put you at risk of frostbite! Staying indoors? Get creative and find ways to get your blood pumping.
  • Gear up with the right footwear. Our previous post was about this, but for diabetics in particular,it is important to wear shoes that are not too constricting or loose to prevent injury.
  • Always wear socks during winter weather. Also, try to keep your feet warm, but dry. If they get sweaty, use powder as a solution.
  • Warm showers and baths are great for warming up. However, make sure you test the water temperature before you hop in as you may burn your skin without knowing that. Afterwards, remember to dry your feet and then moisturize as the winter cold can cause dry, cracking skin.
  • If you are warming your body (and feet) with a heating pad, heater, or fireplace, make sure you are aware of just how hot those items get. Again, you don’t want to burn yourself by mistake.
  • As always, inspect your feet every day. For those who have or are losing feeling in their feet, injuries or diseases may arise without you noticing if you are not paying attention to your feet. In particular, look for cuts and blisters, as well as for signs of infections.

If you have any further questions or concerns about caring for your feet in this winter weather, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today so we can keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 24, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: corns   calluses   ingrown toenails   diabetes  

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems because they may experience numbness and decreased blood flow. This loss of feeling in the feet can result in small issues that get worse; diabetics may not realize that their feet have cuts, sores, or ulcers and end up not taking care of them promptly. The lower blood flow to the feet can also slow healing of these injuries.

Since feet are essential to our daily functions, it is best to take care of your feet every day. Proper daily care and managing your diabetes can prevent your chances of more serious foot issues and even losing an appendage. The following is a list of preventative measures you can take for diabetic footcare.

  1. Check your feet and wash them every day. Make sure you have no injuries or ingrown toenails that have gone unnoticed. When you wash your feet, use warm water, which you can test by dipping your elbow in it. Dry your feet completely to prevent infection.

  2. Moisturize the tops and bottoms of your feet to keep the skin from drying out and cracking. Try to avoid putting lotion or creams between the toes, which may cause infection.

  3. Trim your toes regularly to prevent ingrown toenails. If you notice that you have ingrown toenails and you’ve lost feeling in the toes, make sure you have a podiatrist take care of them.

  4. Try to stay active and get the blood flowing to your feet. You can ask our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for a plan of activities that would be safe for your overall health.

  5. Wear shoes and socks to prevent injuries. Try not to walk barefoot.

  6. If you notice that your feet are developing corns and calluses, or your feet are developing a different shape, you may need to get special shoes. If you do have corns, calluses, or blisters, take care of them gently or consult a podiatrist.

If you need more guidance about diabetic foot care, make an appointment at our office in Clark, NJ.  Dr. Macy and his staff will help you make a plan that fits your needs, including diabetic and foot care.



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