Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diabetes Quiz

Think you know a lot about diabetes? Take this fun quiz created by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
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What Is A Podiatrist and Why Should I Go To One?

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) practices the medical, surgical, and biomechanical treatment of the human foot, ankle, and associated structures. Although we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the foot and ankle, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are also highly trained health care providers. We see people of all ages and are often the first medical specialists to diagnose systemic problems that affect the feet and ankles such as diabetes, gout, hypertension, immunodeficiencies, and arthritis. Four years of podiatric medical school is typically followed by 2 or 3 years of residency that certifies these doctors to function as partners in the larger medical community. Podiatric physicians (podiatrists) are medical professionals who exclusively specialize in treating the foot and ankle.
What does a podiatric physician do?
  • Diagnoses lower extremity pathology such as tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and congenital and acquired deformities.
  • Makes independent judgments, prescribes medications, utilizes x-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, and orders physical therapy.
  • Treats conditions such as: corns, calluses, bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, ingrown nails, cysts, bone disorders, and infections of the foot.
  • Fits corrective inserts called orthotics that address walking patterns to improve the overall ability of effective and efficient ambulation.
  • Provides consultations for the patient and for referring physicians regarding prevention of podiatric problems and possible treatments.
  • Performs surgical correction of the foot including: hammertoes, clawtoes, bunions, fractures, infections, ruptured ligaments and tendons, and neuro-vascular abnormalities of the foot.
Podiatrists are the ONLY doctors who are specially trained to treat the foot and ankle. If you have a question as to what kind of doctor you should see and there is a problem with your foot or ankle, you should visit a podiatrist. Our staff is fully trained in all aspects, injuries, conditions, and ailments of your lowest extremity. 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Diabetes By The Numbers

Diabetes: Overall Impact
  • Total: 25.8 million people have diabetes--more than 8 percent of the US population.
  • Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 7 million people
  • Prediabetes: 79 million people
  • New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
  • Health-care and Related Costs: $174 billion is spent annually on the treatment of diabetes.
Diabetes Among People 20 Years or Older
  • Total: 25.6 million people, or more than 11 percent of all people in this age group, have diabetes.
  • Men: 13 million, or nearly 12 percent of all men in this age group, have diabetes.
  • Women: 12.6 million, or more than 10 percent of all women in this age group, have diabetes.
Diabetes in the Hispanic/Latino Community
  • Total: Nearly 12 percent of Hispanic/Latino Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. Among Hispanics, rates were:
      Cubans: 7.6 percent
      Mexican-Americans: 13.3 percent
      Puerto Ricans: 13.8 percent
  • Increased Risk: Hispanics/Latinos are 66 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.
Complications of Diabetes: Amputations
  • About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage (which often includes impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, etc.). Severe forms of diabetic nerve damage can lead to lower-extremity amputations.
  • More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the US occur among people with diabetes.
  • After an amputation, the chance of another amputation within 3 to 5 years is as high as 50 percent.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without the disease.
Preventing Diabetes Complications
  • According to a Thomson Reuters Healthcare study, the US health-care system could save $3.5 billion annually if every American at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer visited a podiatrist once, before complications set in.
  • Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
  • Today’s podiatrists are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg, and play an integral role in a diabetes management team.
  • Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations. Working together as a team, those with diabetes and their health-care providers can reduce the occurrence of many diabetes complications.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Diabetic Foot Care FAQ's

Why should I “knock my socks off” and see a podiatrist?
The feet are said to be mirrors of our general health and can reveal diabetes warning signs such as numbness, redness, swelling, or non-healing wounds. Making at least two appointments a year with today's podiatrist, the foot and ankle expert, to have your feet examined is a critical step in avoiding diabetic foot complications and amputation.
I have been diagnosed with diabetes. What foot complications could I experience?
  • A loss of feeling in your feet
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Amputation
Should I talk about diabetes with my community, family, and friends?
Yes! It is encouraged for those with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk, to openly discuss the disease with family members. According to the International Diabetes Federation, as many as 438 million will have diabetes by 2030. Diabetes is often passed down from generation to generation, especially in the Hispanic community. Don't be embarrassed to talk about it with those closest to you because diabetes is best managed as a team.
What are diabetic ulcers and how can I prevent them?
Diabetic ulcerations are often one of the first signs of complications from diabetes in the lower leg. These ulcers can stem from a small wound or cut on the foot that is slow to heal. If left untreated, ulcers can become harder to treat and could lead to amputation. If discovered early and treated by a podiatrist, ulcers may not lead to amputation.
Can I still see a podiatrist if I don't have medical insurance?
Podiatrists work in health clinics, in addition to private practices, treating patients. Work directly with your podiatrist to create alternative options such as payment plans. Don't let a lack of insurance keep you from receiving proper foot care.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tour of Rocky Hill Office

Our Rocky Hill office is located at:
506 Cromwell Avenue Ste. 204
Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, DPM practices at this location.
X-Ray Room

Exam Room

Exam Room

Products Sold In Our Office

Waiting Room

Waiting Room

Reception Area
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Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetics have many health concerns. Among them is the need to pay greater attention to their feet. Because feet are a distance from the heart. poor blood circulation and nerve impairment often caused diabetic feet to be at risk. A regular program of hygiene, common sense, and periodic foot examinations by a podiatric physician can help keep diabetics on their feet and walking. Feet with poor circulation have a harder time fighting infection and healing injuries. Complications from even minor bruises can result in serious ulcerations or even amputations. Numbness, tingling, cold feet, or a bluish discoloration are symptoms of circulatory problems. When nerves are impaired, injuries can occur without one's knowledge, such as a burn from bath water that is too hot. A program of daily foot hygiene and regular inspection are essential to good foot health. Avoidance of activities which restrict circulation such as crossing one's legs, wearing tight stockings or garters or exposing one's feet to cold temperatures is important. Smoking tobacco must be avoided at all costs. Remember to take care of your feet as one pair must last a lifetime.
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