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.
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.