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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New Ultrasound Diabetes Test Could Save Your Feet from Ulcers

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2016

Diagnostic tests are crucial to proper foot treatment and prevention strategies. If only we podiatrists could look into crystal balls to predict which diabetic patients will develop neuropathy or ulcers! A new diabetes test shows some promise by using ultrasound to detect soft tissue stiffness in the heel pad, which appears to be predictive of ulcer formation.

Diabetes can be costly to manage and affects a growing percent of the global population. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Alan Levine)
Diabetes sufferers face all sorts of foot problems. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Alan Levine)

Diabetic Foot Infections: A Costly Problem That Can Be Prevented

Posted by on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Diabetes is not just stressful and expensive for families, but for society at large.

Maybe you knew that. But did you know many of these expenses are preventable?

In Australia, more than 1 million people suffer from diabetes—which can lead to stroke, eye damage, and foot disease if not well-managed. Researchers recently estimated that the cost of hospitalization from diabetic foot disease costs Aussies $350 million per year. And here in America, there are roughly 29 million diabetics, with 1.7 million new patients added to the pool each year. As diabetes threatens to become a global epidemic, we need to take a serious look at preventative measures.

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Diabetes can be costly to manage and affects a growing percent of the global population. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Alan Levine)

First Comprehensive Guidelines For Diabetic Foot Treatment Offer Clinical Insight

Posted by on Monday, June 13th, 2016

If you’re diabetic, your feet may feel like a time bomb. They pose an ever-present threat of crippling disability. At the clinic, we often see cuts and scratches that have turned into ulcers, threatening our patients’ mobility and very limbs. Other times, our diabetic patients suffer from chronic foot pain, edema, gout, or the numbness and tingling of peripheral neuropathy. That’s why we were so pleased to hear that the Society for Vascular Surgery has teamed up with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine to publish the first-ever clinical guidelines for diabetic foot treatment.

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Diabetic feet require careful tending. Research has recently been consolidated into a new set of clinical guidelines to help prevent needless amputations. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Stacey)

Suffering from Poor Foot Circulation? Here’s an Overview of Treatment Options

Posted by on Monday, May 2nd, 2016

If you have poor foot circulation, should you see a podiatrist? The short answer is yes. You shouldn’t ignore circulatory problems, as they pose a serious threat to your health and mobility. If you suffer from a condition that affects circulation – like diabetes, C.O.P.D, or hypothyroidism – we may also advise you to see a pulmonary specialist to ensure you’re receiving holistic health care. But a podiatrist can advise you on a wide range of treatments specific to your lower extremities, helping you keep your feet pain-free.

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Cold feet can be one symptom of poor circulation. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Lisa Dusseault)

Is It All in Your Diet? The Role of Nutrition in Treating Peripheral Neuropathy of the Feet

Posted by on Monday, April 4th, 2016

“Good nutrition is often the first line of defense to avoid peripheral neuropathy,” according to an article in Podiatry Today. You may not expect to hear nutrition advice coming from your podiatrist, but we take a very holistic view of foot health here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, combining the latest technology, medications and standard foot and ankle treatments with homeopathic remedies, home care routines, and physical therapy. Preventing excess sugar and cholesterol from entering the bloodstream can go a long way in assuring healthy, normal nerve function in the feet.

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Is vitamin deficiency causing your feet to burn and tingle? (Image Source: Easy-Immune-Health.com)

Treating Diabetic Foot Pain Is Not As Easy As Filling a Prescription, Study Finds

Posted by on Monday, March 14th, 2016

Diabetic foot pain is one of the many conditions we treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Occasionally, we have patients who come in and ask for a prescription that will take the pain away. We understand the agony many people face. Some call it a “burning” or “tingling.” Others say their feet have “gone numb” or say it feels like “walking on marbles.” While a general practitioner may be quick to dole out the medication, most people come to specialists because they’re unhappy with the care they’ve previously received and are looking for more comprehensive care.

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Peripheral neuropathy is not easily treated with the writing of a pill prescription, say researchers. (Image Source: GreenvilleFAC.com)