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What Do You Know About Your Thyroid?

In less than 2 minutes, could you tell us about your thyroid — and its importance? From the location to the size to potential problems, tell us your confidence level to lead the conversation. Well, now is the perfect time to brush up on some skills. January is Thyroid Awareness Month. We’re here to help. Let’s talk about the hormone-producing gland that plays a role in our body’s metabolism.

Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center echoes other medical professionals to teach patients more. Unfortunately, more than 50% percent of people living in our nation have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder. From unexplained weight changes to mood instability, they could be ignoring signs that something isn’t quite right.

Understand the gland

The thyroid is a small gland located in the middle of the lower half of your neck. Did you find it? It produces the hormone that is the main regulator of our body’s metabolism. Without it, things are out of sync. Patients with a disorder may deal with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, among other problems.

The right amount

When the wrong amount of the hormone is produced, our body responds. With hyperthyroidism, the level is too high. Weight loss is common. On the other hand, weight gain can be a problem for patients who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. For them, they are not producing enough of the metabolism-regulating hormone.

The foot connection

Do you know that our feet are one of the top places to spot health problems? We may sometimes overlook changes, but that’s why our office encourages daily foot inspections. Early detection is the best way to see a positive outcome. Swollen feet and ankles could be a sign of hypothyroidism. As additional weight adds pressure, patients may also experience the discomfort of joint pain.

This year, be the first to detect changes in your feet and ankles. There’s no need to make a diagnosis at home. Instead, contact us — we’re a part of your care team. Together, let’s decide if we should talk more about your thyroid health. Know your risk, too. Women are at a higher risk of receiving a diagnosis during their lifetime.

From our family to yours, Happy New Year!

At Clark Podiatry CenterDr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel paindiabetic woundsbunionsnerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.