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April 18, 2010
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Diabetes is one of the largest growing systemic disease in the United States today. Our health as a country, both financially and physically, hinges on how well we can do as both patients and health care professionals in treating and preventing this disease. Here are some facts about the rapidly increasing disease (numbers in the US) adult onset Diabetes Mellitus or type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

 Here are some first signs of type  2 diabetes:

 Frequent urination
Unusual thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Frequent infections
Blurred vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
   Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

 Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is crucial in avoiding serious, and often lethal later complications. Diabetic foot checks are crucial in the treatment and continuous monitoring of diabetes. If you are  a diabetic, or have any early symptoms, call and schedule a diabetic foot check today! For further information check out the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org.


April 09, 2010
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One of the most common types of neuroma found in the body is located in the foot. It is commonly referred to as a "Morton's" neuroma and it is found between the 3rd and 4th toes in the area under the ball of your foot. A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop into compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates an enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage.
Causes of the compression can be anything that puts undo compression on that part of the foot. Narrow shoes with tapered toe boxes as well as high heels are common external culprits. Genetics can also play a part in compression factors. People with bunions, hammertoes, or flatfeet are at a higher risk structurally for developing a neuroma.
So what does a neuroma feel like? Depending on the stage of severity, a Morton's neuroma can feel like a small pebble in your sock under the ball of your foot to as painful as deep, burning, pain in the insides of the ball of your foot. Usually, the symptoms begin gradually as they come and go. With time, the pain can last for several days or weeks.
Treatment also is dependent on the length and severity of the symptoms. Usual first steps are corrective padding and shoe changes. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also available. Injections and surgery are measures that are usually reserved for more severe cases.
Early treatment of a neuroma is the best and easiest way to correct the problems. Think you might have the start of a neuroma? Call and make an appointment to see Dr. Pinsker today!


Have you ever had to leave a room because you know the odor circulating is that of your feet? Has the shoe salesman ever told you that you smell? For some people these uncomfortable situations are a result of a podiatric condition called Hyperhidrosis. There are a few types of Hyperhidrosis but today I will focus on Plantar Hyperhidrosis, which deals with the feet.
Our bodies' ability to sweat is controlled by our sympathetic nervous system. It is the part of our nervous system that controls parts of our bodies that we don't consciously control. Our body reacts to things happening both inside and outside of our body in order to make all the systems run smoothly. Sweating is the way we are able to cool ourselves. Although the finite explanation of what causes Hyperhidrosis is still unknown, most professionals believe that it is a problem of overloading the sympathetic nervous system.
So what is the best way to deal with this problem? That's a hard question. Suffering from this condition can occur from a myriad of factors. The best solution may be something you and your podiatric physician discuss together individually. That being said, here are a few tips to help maintain cleanly foot health.

- Wash your feet twice a day with anti-bacterial soapy water. Don't overdue the hot water though, as this may cause more sweating. Finishing the foot bath with cold water may also help.
- Make sure to dry your feet with a clean, dry towel.
- A coat of astringent with a bit of talcum powder with help close pores and keep feet dry.
- Clean socks is a must. If you find your socks wet during the day, keep a pair of clean extra socks handy to change into.
- Try to change the pair of shoes you wear daily. Using the same pair over and over again can lead to more bacteria.

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