Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Are Smart Bandages the Cure?

Posted by on Monday, November 12th, 2018

Bandages have come a long way since Johnson & Johnson released the Band-Aid in 1920. It was a major advancement when non-stick Band-Aids were developed for kids and when bandages already saturated in antibiotic ointment were created. Now, bandages are evolving to keep up with growing trends in technology. New, “smart” bandages can be especially beneficial for those with diabetes as the risk of developing a foot ulcer is 25% in patients with diabetes. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss this new technology and how it could have the potential to save limbs.

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From wearable sensors to healing proteins, today’s newest bandages for diabetes hold great promise. [Image Source: Wearable-Technologies.com]

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment: Are Smart Socks The Cure?

Posted by on Monday, October 15th, 2018

Some 30 million Americans live with the fear of potentially losing a limb to diabetes. People with normal sensation in their feet would know to stop if a blister was forming. However, diabetics rarely notice a problem until they have a gaping hole in their foot. The oversight is largely due to a comorbidity called “neuropathy,” which causes them to lose sensation in their feet, according to Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Thankfully, new technology has made improvements in diabetes foot ulcer treatment.

“A lot of emerging technology is focusing on the ability to electronically alert a diabetic of trouble with their feet when the usual pain sensors just aren’t working,” he says. Through in-house gait analysis, doctors can tell if a diabetic is likely to develop an ulcer due to pressure imbalances but it would be even better if patients could tell something was amiss at home. Believe it or not, there are socks designed to combat this problem.

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Siren Smart Socks could be the future of diabetic care, say NYC podiatrists. [Image Source: Makezine.com]

8 Signs of Diabetes As Evidenced by Your Lower Limbs

Posted by on Monday, September 10th, 2018

If you’re experiencing problems in your lower limbs, these could be signs of diabetes. For some, diabetes feels like an unquenchable thirst, increased hunger after eating, frequent urination, and dry mouth. For others, symptoms include cold feet, pain in calf muscles, and numb feet. According to statistics, 24% of diabetics are undiagnosed—that’s about 8 million people. The good news is that diabetes is totally manageable as long as you catch it early and are willing to make a few lifestyle modifications to keep yourself in good shape. Often times, our NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are the first to diagnose patients after noticing signs of diabetes.

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If it’s summer and your feet are cold, that’s a tell-tale circulation problem. More specifically, a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy that often occurs from diabetes may be the culprit behind your cold feet. [Image courtesy: Shutterstock]

Patients Turn to NYC Podiatrist’s for Diabetic Foot Care

Posted by on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

If you’re a diabetic, you’ll hear that “the preventative care of your feet is important” time and time again. It may still be unclear how or why this advice is given. If you’re still wondering why a podiatrist is a “must” to add to your provider list, we’ll explain what impact your disease has on your foot health, mobility, quality of life, and where to receive diabetic foot care.

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A podiatrist is a must to add to your provider list. Diabetes affects your foot health, mobility, quality of life, and where to receive diabetic foot care. [Image Source: Pexels user Belle Co]

NYC Patients Ask: Is There a Cure for Restless Leg Syndrome?

Posted by on Monday, May 28th, 2018

More than 3 million people have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs while resting or inactive. Twitching muscles and creepy-crawly tingling sensations prevent sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) from being able to sleep at night or get through their day-to-day activities. “I couldn’t go to church anymore,” one sufferer recalled. “I couldn’t go to a movie, or sit down to crochet, or even eat a meal.” Restless Leg Syndrome is one of the many conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains.

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Are your restless legs keeping you up at night? NYC podiatrists discuss alternative treatments and advanced therapies. [Image Source: Unsplash user Quin Stevenson]

5 Foot Wound Care Myths & Realities, According To NYC Podiatrists

Posted by on Monday, March 19th, 2018

NYC podiatrists do their best to keep wounds clean, dry, and free from infection. Yet, individual healing factors can be unpredictable. According to published data, the incidence of postoperative surgical site infection following foot and ankle surgery is reported between 1.0% to 5.3%. Diabetics are the most at-risk patients for infected, non-healing wounds. An estimated 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime. Many patients have misconceptions about caring for open ankle and foot wounds. Dr. Katharine Lai is a Board-Certified Foot Surgeon who has lectured extensively on Diabetic Foot Wound Care. She shares expert insights for foot wound care in today’s blog.

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Get the facts on proper foot wound care from NYC podiatrists. [Image Source: Flickr user DLG Images]

Understanding How Your Diet Affects Diabetic Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 10th, 2017

Foot pain is a reality for many people with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to be that way, according to the NYC foot and ankle specialists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Fortunately, some of the most natural treatments also happen to be some of the most successful at the long-term management of diabetic foot pain,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Today, we explore the types of diabetic foot pain and the role your diet plays in alleviating the symptoms.

Food is a diabetic's best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar.
Food is a diabetic’s best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar. Image Source: Pixabay user jill111.

Five Things Diabetics Can Do To Keep Their Feet Safe This Spring

Posted by on Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Along with warmer spring weather comes additional foot hazards for people with diabetes. A blister from a pair of strappy sandals or stepping barefoot on a hidden stone in the grass may not seem like a big deal to most people, but for people with diabetes, it can lead to a non-healing ulcer, gangrene, or even amputation. NYC podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have these tips for springing into the warm season safely.

Are you making this spring diabetic foot mistake?
Are you making this spring diabetic foot mistake? Image Source: Pixabay user Wokandapix.

EpiFix Grafts Revolutionize Diabetic Foot Wound Care in NYC

Posted by on Monday, February 13th, 2017

The normal phases of healing are: injury, inflammation, proliferation of cells, and remodeling. Chronic injuries get stuck at the inflammatory stage and cannot progress toward repairing. Treatment is complex, though. It’s about more than just getting inflammation under control, explain the foot doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC.

“There are many types of medications designed to handle inflammation,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, “but we find the application of grafting and injection therapy containing natural healing factors to have more dramatic effect on the repair process.” EpiFix is one of the new graft products revolutionizing diabetes foot care.

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EpiFix has had amazing results for diabetic foot wound care in clinical trials. (Image Source: FosterWebMarketing.com)

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.

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