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JRMC Welcomes Dr. Datta

JRMC Welcomes Dr. Datta

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Dr. Datta Interview:

What foot problems should diabetes patients be aware of:

Foot ulcers. Diabetics often lose sensation in their feet and may not notice scratches, cuts or injuries to the feet – inviting ulcers to develop. 

He has actually diagnosed people with diabetes as a result of foot examinations. And bloodwork for diabetes is not standard medical practice, so medical providers may not test for it unless there is a family history of diabetes. Some providers may test to get a baseline, if the patient is unable to provide medical history.

Dr. Datta advised a few things:

  • Watch for signs of numbness, tingling or burning in the feet. It’s usually a sign the nerves are firing off signals that something’s wrong.
  • Since someone can have diabetes and not know it, he advised that all people (even those without a family history of diabetes) make it a regular practice to inspect their feet (especially the bottoms)
  • Diabetics have a compromised immune system, so it is important to remain extra cautious around injuries or infection.
  • Avoid walking around barefoot – even at home – to reduce the risk of injury or infections.
  • Socks are not sufficient, as feet are still vulnerable to injury through socks. Protection should include a thick base for shock absorption, to assist with traction, and to prevent impalements.
  • This is a good practice, overall – not just for diabetics or potential diabetics, as it helps maintain healthy posture, proper biomechanics, and general foot health. 
  • Use swim shoes or sandals around public pools, showers, or other public spaces with water recreational activities. 

What are you most looking forward to, working at JRMC:

Building community awareness of foot health. Spreading the word that foot care is readily available and good for everyone.

Additional info:

Dr. Datta has maintained a practice in Perth Amboy for 16 years. Speaks a little bit of Spanish, which helps build trust and rapport with Spanish speakers, and bridges the translation gap with the help of our Medical Assistants.

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