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Diabetes testInformation fromEngland’s NHS indicates a disturbingly alarming trend in the rare of unneeded amputations among the country’s diabetic population. Medical practitioners have been urging hospitals and NHS (National Health Services) commissioners to come up with a national standard. This standard will serve to indicate to physicians when amputations are necessary.

Diabetes UK referred to the current trends in circulatory medical care as “unacceptable.” "Too many patients aren't getting the treatment they need to avoid losing their legs,” said Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud. “The figures for parts of the south-west of England are particularly alarming, and this needs to be tackled.”

Many conditions of the foot and ankle are a result of circulation problems. If you suffer from poor circulation in the feet, consult Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can diagnose and treat your foot and ankle conditions accordingly.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   -numbness in legs

-cramps          -skin discoloration

-weakness       -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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According to new data from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, about one hundred Scottish citizens have limbs amputated every month due to health conditions they developed as a result of being obese.

The most common of these conditions are peripheral vascular disorder and type 2 diabetes, which can both be caused by the same lack of exercise and a healthy diet that cause people to become overweight. These hand and foot amputations are costing the NHS about $82 million a year, way more than the public healthcare sector is able to afford. Those who lose limbs are also entitled to cost-of-living benefits, a $46 million annual expense for the government.

Obesity takes a toll on the feet. For foot and ankle needs, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will treat your podiatric necessities.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

For more information please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
March 11, 2014
Category: Foot Care

diabetic foot careA recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that they can reduce the recurrence of ulcers by including an operative nerve decompression procedure to a foot-ulcer treatment in patients suffering from diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DPS).

Lead author D. Scott Nickerson, MD, from Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic in Sheridan has stated to Medscape Medical News that ulcer wounds cause most amputations in diabetic patients. By affecting the likelihood of an ulcer occurring, they help reduce the overall risk of foot complications in diabetic patients.

Diabetes can lead to a variety of problems associated with the feet. If you are diabetic and suffer from foot problems, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti can prescribe a treatment plan to keep your feet healthy.

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.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Obese, overweightA study conducted at the University of Aucklandfound that firstborn children, specifically men, are more likely to develop obesity than their younger siblings. The study focused on brothers between the ages of 35 and 55. All of the participants had bodyweights high enough to classify them as overweight. The results were that the older brothers weighed an average of 15 pounds more.

One theory the scientists have for this occurrence is that firstborns have a higher sensitivity to insulin as well as differences in prenatal blood flow.

Obese people are especially susceptible to developing adverse foot and ankle conditions due to the extra weight. If you are overweight or obese, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti can treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Paramus, NJ 07652
201-986-1900
 
 
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