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By gary@sudburypodiatry.com
March 26, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

diabetic foot careA study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that the tissue repair drug polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) could provide new advances for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. 216 diabetic test subjects who had ulcers were given PDRN or a placebo drug three days a week over an eight week period.

The results showed that 37.7 percent of the patients given PDRN had their foot ulcers fully healed, as compared to only 18.9 percent of the control group. “This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” said expert Dr. Francesco Squadrito of the University of Messina.

If left untreated, diabetes can cause permanent damage to the feet. If you have any questions, call podiatrist Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can assess the current health of your feet, check out any ulcers or wounds you have, and instruct you on how to take care of yourself.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet. It’s always best to let your doctor know of any concerns you have regarding your feet.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@sudburypodiatry.com
March 05, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Gout   Uric Acid   Foot Disease   neuropathy  

Rafee Baksh says the hostel is 'inaccessible' for him in a wheelchair.A disabled man named Rafee Baksh claims that the Redbridge Council has placed him in housing that he can’t use. Baksh has advanced diabetic neuropathy in his feet that has made walking impossible, confining him to a wheelchair. He was moved out of his old accommodation due to an incident involving his motorized scooter and placed in his current housing in Forest Gate as a temporary measure until Redbridge could secure him a permanent dwelling.

But according to Baksh, the Forest Hills hostel isn’t wheelchair accessible, making it hard for him to do everyday tasks like shower and use the bathroom. “It makes it difficult just do to the basics in life,” he said.

Diabetic neuropathy is one of many types of systemic diseases that can affect the feet. If you think you may have a systemic disease, consider talking to podiatrist Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will diagnose your condition and assist you in identifying the cause of the problem.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation  and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

●Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

●Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@sudburypodiatry.com
August 22, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Diabetic Foot CareAccording to a report in July’s issue of the journal Foot & Ankle International, not as many people in America are undergoing limb amputations as a result of diabetes. In 2008 alone, about 70,000 people underwent amputations according to the CDC.

Limb amputations caused by diabetes account for 60 percent of all amputations in the U.S. Sadly by 2050 it is expected one in three U.S. adults will have diabetes according to the CDC. "The trend was so clear and more obvious than I thought it would be," said senior author Dr. Phinit Phisitkul, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Iowa department of orthopedics and rehabilitation, according to HealthDay.  

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

For more information on caring for your diabetic feet, visit our link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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