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If you're like most Americans, you've made a few resolutions as we begin 2016. Some are easy to keep - like keeping your house neater - while others are very difficult and require a lot of commitment - for example, quitting smoking or joining a health club.

But here's one resolution that is easy to accomplish and that will also improve your health and wellbeing - take good care of your feet! After all, your feet are the foundation of your body and take you on miles and miles every day. Here are a few ideas:

Inspect Feet Daily

Check your feet every day for any suspicious rash or fungus or for cuts or sores that are not healing. Look carefully between the toes and use a mirror so you can see your soles. Individuals with diabetes must pay special attention to any foot problems so they don't worsen and lead to potential amputation.

Practice Good Foot Care Every Day

When you bathe or shower, pay special attention to your feet. Wash feet and toes with a soft washcloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Dry carefully especially between the toes. While feet are still damp, use a pumice stone to smooth away rough, dry skin. Always apply a rich emollient moisturizer or a balm with shea butter - but not between the toes. Apply petroleum jelly or cuticle cream to moisturize the toenails. Trim the nails straight across - not rounded - at least every week to prevent ingrown toenails.

Invest in Your Feet

Don't skimp on footwear - instead, select sturdy, supportive shoes and thick socks. Avoid flimsy sandals and flip-flops as they offer little protection for your feet. Don't wear high heels for extensive periods - instead, keep heels no higher than 2 inches. Shoes should have plenty of room for toe wiggling and heels that don't slip. It's a good practice to shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are largest, and be sure to have both feet measured every time you shop. If spending time in the sun, use sunscreen on your feet as well as your body. Warm, waterproof shoes can keep feet cozy in winter weather as can moisture-wicking socks.

Keep Feet and Toes Flexible

Don't forget to add feet and toe stretching and flexibility exercises to your regular exercise routine. Keeping feet and toes supple can prevent many foot problems

Contact Us for Any Foot and Ankle Problems

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center can address any foot and ankle issues you have. Contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. Remember to take good care of your feet in 2016 and they will take good care of you!

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 13, 2015
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Every year, millions of people are affected by diabetes. Did you know that diabetes can affect your feet as well? Yes, diabetes is responsible for causing two major types of foot problems.

Diabetic neuropathy is when diabetes is not managed or controlled well and leads to nerve damage. This means that if the nerves in your feet or legs are affected, you may not feel hot and cold temperature or pain.

Diabetes can also cause peripheral vascular disease, where diabetes affects your blood flow. In this circulation disorder, your blood does not circulate well throughout your body, thus, causing poor wound healing and risk of infections such as gangrene or ulcers. You may notice scars, cuts and wounds healing very slowly due to poor blood circulation.

It is important then, if you are living with diabetes, to follow your physician’s guidelines for medication, proper diet and exercise. It is also imperative to make a practice of examining your feet every day or at least on a regular basis. Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing foot problems which can lead to infection and in severe cases, may require amputation.

Common Foot Problems Seen in Diabetics

  • Fungal Infections
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Calluses
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Foot ulcers
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Hammertoes

Foot Examination for Diabetics

You can try to manage your symptoms with basic foot care guidelines such as hot water soaks, wearing good fitting shoes, drying your feet and toes completely, and not walking barefoot in public spaces. Do not attempt to treat your symptoms with home pedicures or over the counter remedies as these could make your condition worse. For symptoms that not go away, consult with a board certified podiatrist to seek the necessary treatment. Check daily/weekly for the following symptoms and be sure to report them to your physician or podiatrist:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Redness due to irritation
  • Blisters, corns, or bunions forming
  • Peeling skin
  • Patches of skin or hair missing
  • Cuts or breaks in the skin

For the latest and the best diabetic podiatric care, consult with Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist who practices at Clark Podiatry. We are conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey and we are ready to serve you with all your foot and ankle care needs. Call us with any questions or concerns at (732) 382-3470 or visit our online website, where you can request an online appointment

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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