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A new device and app are taking blood glucose testing into the realm of iPhones and iPads. Yes, there's an app for that. The iBGStar® is a blood glucose meter that plugs in to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It's designed specifically "to easily display, manage, and communicate your diabetes information." Dr. Richard Jacobyof Scottsdale Neuropathy showed 3TV's Stella Inger how it works.
 
Dr. Richard Jacoby
 
 
Jacoby said the iBGStar is particularly good for people with pre-diabetes, a condition affecting 79 million people. "Fifty percent of people over age 65 are pre-diabetic," Jacoby added. "The important thing about this is that it logs the amount of sugar you have in your blood dependent on the meals that you eat," Jacoby said.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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"Many distance runners use the winter months to establish a solid base of high mileage. Running in cold weather is possible, and even comfortable, because of the built-in protective mechanisms brought into operation by your body," says podiatrist Robert Weiss, DPM"When dressing for cold weather runs, it is most important to utilize the layered clothing methods. This method is most efficient because air (which is an excellent insulator) is trapped between each layer. It should be remembered that even in the coldest weather, vigorous exercise can cause you to sweat heavily."
 
Dr. Robert Weiss

"Regarding footwear — consider the waterproof ones. The waterproof protection will keep your feet dry, and allow a breathable network for internal moisture to be released. One to consider is Brooks Ghost, which I personally am using, made with Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof protection. I also find that I wear pretty much the same shoes in winter that I’ve been using year-round, but they are sprayed with “heavy-duty” silicone to keep out the moisture. There is a real danger with frostbite of the feet when running shoes get wet," says Dr. Weiss.

Source: Darien News [12/21/18]
 
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During the holiday season, it's easy to fall victim to long lines and walking distances. One doctor warns people of obtaining a severe foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Podiatrist and foot surgeon Daniel Michaels, DPM says this condition is caused by things like standing for long periods of time, jumping, and running.
 
Dr. Daniel Michaels
 
 
Fortunately, Michaels has simple tips for people to avoid obtaining the extremely painful foot condition. "(The foot roller) gets in there and breaks up some of the adhesion...you put them in the freezer and you roll your foot out on it and it feels really good on the foot," said Dr. Michaels. He also recommends purchasing a topical product to soothe the heel area.
 
Source:  Jayla Jackson, WHAG NBC 25 [12/28/18]
 
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Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes, a foot surgeon says. Diabetes can cause nerve damage that leads to a loss of sensation in the feet, making it difficult to feel any sores, blisters, or injuries, explained John Giurini, DPM. He is chief of podiatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
 
Dr. John Giurini
 
 
People with diabetes should regularly inspect their feet, Giurini said. The best time is immediately after a shower while drying your feet or at the end of the day when removing socks and shoes. If you notice a blister, apply a clean dressing with an antiseptic, stay off the foot, and contact your podiatrist or physician, Dr. Giurini said.
 
Source: Doctors Lounge [12/26/18]
 
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Before you run barefoot through the grass, consider this. Whether it's something you step on or a place to stub your toe, the hazards of summer are all around for bare feet. "It could be something like a force coming down on top of the toe or just something that lifts the edge of the nail from the underlying skin bed," describes Dr. Jody McAleer a podiatrist with the Jefferson City Medical Group. "It allows the infection to get in at the tip of the nail and then slowly it works its way back to the nail root."
 
Dr. Jody McAleer 
 
 
If left untreated, fungal nail infection can spread from toe to toe and from person-to-person. What is a nuisance for some people can be a serious health risk for others, says Dr. McAleer. "For patients such as our diabetic population, onychomycosis is a significant problem. It can lead to bacterial super-infections, and it could eventually lead to such things as amputations," warns McAleer.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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