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By Clark Podiatry Center
December 06, 2017

Some of you may be happy that winter is here because of the start of the skiing or snowboarding season! It’s a great workout and if you push yourself, the thrill can be more than enough to sustain you for the rest of the year! Of course, we want you to have the safe and enjoyable time, so we’ve got some tips as to how you can prevent some foot and ankle injuries when you hit the slopes!

  • Use safety gear. This doesn’t just go for skiing or snowboarding boots. Even the most seasoned skier and snowboarders can end up in an accident that can lead to severe injuries. Helmets, goggles, gloves, ski poles, and other padding (for beginners) are essential to preventing major injuries, like broken bones.
  • Know your level. Pay attention to signs and be sure to go down trails that suit your level. When you or another skier gets out of control, the collision and resulting rolling can cause major injuries. If you accidentally end up on a more difficult slope, take it slow, or carry your skis/snowboard and walk down until you get to a more manageable point.
  • Make sure your boots and skis/snowboard fit you properly. Footwear should be snug so that it feels like it is part of your leg. If you feel like it is tightened to the point of losing circulation, loosen it a little bit. Repetitive use of boots that are too tight could lead to bruises and irritation or inflammation of nerves or tissues.  If they are loose or don’t move with you, you risk twisting your ankle, which could lead to a sprain
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Your shoes will be snug in the boots, and with the downward motion, your toes may become crammed into each other. Especially if you have curly toes or other toe deformities, you’ll want to keep your toenails trimmed so that they do not cut into the other toes. Cuts can become painful and infected if not cleaned and treated properly.
  • Wear warm socks. It’s important to wear warm, dry socks to prevent blisters and frostbite. You may want to bring multiple pairs with you to change into throughout your day of skiing or snowboarding. When socks become wet, either from snow or sweat, the cold can lead to frostbite, especially if you don’t come out of the boots for a while. Wet socks can also cause more friction between your skin, socks, and boots.

Are your feet beat up from shredding through the snow? Need some more support in your shoes? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ 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

 



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