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Diabetes is a chronic disease that is best treated by a team of healthcare professionals including family physicians, diabetes educators, wound care specialists, nurses, podiatrists, surgeons, orthopedists, prosthetists, nutritionists and many others. However, the person with diabetes remains the center of this team.
They are the recipient of the care and the entire reason the team was assembled. This does not take away the diabetic's responsibility to do their part, to control their diabetes and take care of their feet preventing complications such as ulcers and amputations. One of the simplest and most important things someone with diabetes can do to protect their feet is to examine their feet every day. The good news is that you don't need any special tool or be an athlete or super flexible to do a foot self exam.
It is recommended that all persons with diabetes check/examine their feet daily. The purpose of checking the feet is to identify any active or potential foot problems that may lead to ulcers.
Getting an ulcer or wound on the foot puts the diabetic at high risk for getting an amputation. To prevent an amputation we must do all we can to prevent an ulcer.
Looking at your feet regularly can prevent an ulcer as well as alert you to the presence of an ulcer which can be treated and healed quickly before it becomes infected. If any problems or potential problems are identified they can be prevented or treated early by the podiatrist to prevent ulcers and amputations.
A number of challenges such as a poor vision, blindness, limited flexibility, arthritis, foot deformity and a large belly can make doing a foot self exams difficult. If you are unable to check your own feet, ask a friend, family member or caretaker to help. Here are some simple steps to follow to give yourself a good foot exam.
Get into position to
check your feet
After cleaning and drying your feet, after a bath for example, sit on a bed, chair, or toilet in a well-lit room. Both legs should hang comfortably in front of you. Bend one foot at the knee and place it over the opposite knee so you can easily see the foot. The supporting leg should be bent and relaxed in front of your body.
Look at your feet
o Look carefully at your feet, do a visual inspection. Search for anything abnormal on the foot -- on the top, on the bottom and between the toes.
o When looking at your feet you are looking for any signs of irritation, or a break in the skin that may indicate an ulcer. These may include dryness, scaling, redness, swelling, pain, a break in the skin, build up of hard skin, scratches, cuts, scabs, sores, bruises, or corns, etc.
o Changes in the shape of the foot -- flattening of the middle part of the foot, curling up of the toes (hammer toes) and large bump on the side of the foot (bunions)
o Signs of infection -- redness, swelling, heat, pain, drainage (blood or pus) on the foot, socks or on the ground, bad smell (odor), etc. A really bad infection may also cause you to have symptoms in your whole body, like fever, chill, high blood sugar, etc. If any of these occur, you must see the doctor immediately.
Where to look.
o Look at the bottom of your feet. Turn your foot to the side, so that the bottom of the foot is visible. If you are unable to do so, put one foot on the other knee to see the bottom of your foot, use a handheld mirror to view its reflection. You can also place the mirror on a foot stool or on the ground so you can just hold your foot over the mirror and see it without having to lift up your feet. You must be very careful not to walk on the mirror because it can break and cut you. Ask a family member to look at your feet for you if you are unable to do so yourself. I recently heard some good advice about looking at your feet. A colleague said he tells his diabetic patients, just as they look at their faces in the mirror every day, they should also look at their feet in the mirror every day.
o Look at the bottom of your feet, under the toes for any bumps, raised areas and irregular textures. Because this area receives a lot of pressure when walking, calluses (thick, hard skin) or corns may develop here. Proper-fitting shoes can reduce your risk of developing this.
o Look at the soles of the feet, and look and feel for bumps and lumps, which can be signs of injuries or changes in the shape of the underlying muscles or bones of the feet. Look for any opening in the skin, scratches, fissures, or open wounds. Again, a thick callus may develop here as a result of high pressure.
o Check your heels, by feeling for dry, rough, or cracked skin. Even small fissures can become infected by bacteria (germs) on the skin. To treat this, moisturize your feet daily with moisturizing lotion or cream. Don't apply moisturizers between toes because bacteria love to grow in warm, moist places.
o Check the tops of the feet looking for scabs, scratches, sores, and bruises. Look for signs of decreased blood flow, such as no hair on the toes, cold feet, pale color, thin or shiny skin. Blood glucose control and physical activity like walking can help boost blood flow to the feet.
o Examine your toes carefully. Spread toes apart with your fingers so that you can look between your toes. Look under the toes and check each toenail as well as the fleshy area surrounding it. Toes with normal blood flow will be pink and warm. Pale or grayish blue looking toes indicate possible circulation problems. Look between the toes for cuts, scratches or fissures, which can be signs of an ulcer developing. Soft white tissue or dry scaly skin may be an indication of a fungal infection between the toes.
Checking your toenails are important as well. Remove the polish and examine your toenails for proper nail color (clear or pink), length, shape, texture and thickness. Discolored (yellowing, brown, even black), thick, crumbling or flaking nails may indicate signs of nail fungus. This must be treated by a podiatrist.
The toenails should also not be neglected. Look for signs of ingrown toe nails. Look for red, puffy skin on the sides of the nails, drainage, pain and swelling. Ingrown nails may require surgery if ignored for too long.
Feel your foot
Feel both feet with your hands, check the bottom and top for any bumps, or temperature changes from one part of the foot to another. Check your feet for feeling -- does it feel the same on all parts of the foot? If the foot feels numb or "different" from the leg, or on top of the foot, you may have neuropathy. This makes it even more important for you to examine your feet regularly.
Check your shoes
Check your shoes to make sure they fit properly, and that they are in good condition, not worn out, are without holes or rough edges. Any shoe that causes foot injury and are worn out should not be worn and should be replaced.
Track your foot self-exams over time. It is very common that persons with diabetes do not remember how long they have had a problem with their feet, so making a record of your foot exams can help you remember when a ulcer or other foot condition started. This will alarm you, and encourage you to seek medical care earlier and you will be able to tell the podiatrist when the condition started. On a piece of paper, or in a book, record the date, make a note of anything out of the ordinary such as cuts, blisters, corns, unusual temperatures, injury, etc., and describe it, how it looks, feels, and smells. Compare your notes from exam to exam, maybe weekly or monthly. If any area of concern continues or gets worse, or if you notice any new issues, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible.
There are a number of tools out there that may help you examine your feet, including a foot exam mirror or even a thermometer that can identify areas of high temperature on your feet indicating places where ulcers will develop. These tools are great if you have them, but you already have all the tools you need to examine your feet -- your eyes, your nose and your hands. Now that you have the tools, examine your feet regularly and see a podiatrist if you have any concerns.
This information on how to examine your feet is intended to help the person with diabetes to have the knowledge and skills to look at their feet and identify any problems that may indicate an ulcer. If a concern or problem is identified you must see a podiatrist right away.
For more information or to see a podiatrist, visit Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street or telephone 325-2996; Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane or telephone 394-5820 or the Foot & Ankle Institute, Dean's Lane 326-5402 or email us at email@example.com or visit www.apma.org or heal2gether.org.
Prosecutors yesterday discontinued the prosecution of two men accused of armed robbery.
The Crown was supposed to open its case against Brent McPhee and Camario Miller, who are accused of the April 30, 2009 hold-up of Monique Olcerin.
She was robbed of $50 that belonged to Bounty Hunter Shoe Store on Robinson Road.
However, the Crown informed Senior Justice Jon Isaacs that the case had been dropped.
Meanwhile, another case that was scheduled for trial before Isaacs did not proceed yesterday.
Dulise Pierre was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old teenager on December 18, 2007.
The virtual complainant, who is now 19, told the court that she was not interested in pursuing the case.
As a result, Isaacs directed the jury to return an acquittal.
Thursday 21st June 2012 9:00 AM
CAMPERDOWN RIDING CLUB SUMMER CAMP CAMP DATES: Week 1. June 18 – 22 Week 2. June 25 – 29 Week 3. July 2 – 6 Week 4. July 9 – 13* The cost per week is $ 225.00. * These weeks have a reduced rate of $180.00 per week as the Monday is a holiday and there will be no summer camp. Camp starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. Contact 324- 2065, Monday to Friday for more information or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to hold your place. Please return the bottom half of this form and your deposit at least two weeks prior to each week of the camp you will be attending. Campers must be six (6) years or older. There are only 20 spots per week and it is a first come, first serve basis. We must have at least 6 campers to hold camp for the week. Campers are required to wear long pants and a shoe with a low box heel or tennis shoes as the campers will be riding first thing in the morning. Campers are also required to bring the following: o Change of cloths (shorts and t-shirt) o Tennis shoes o Large thermos of water o Bathing suit and towel o Hat and sun block o Large healthy lunch with snacks o Friday FUN DAY (lunch included) HAPPY CAMPING!! Click HERE to download sign up sheet.
Saturday 19th September 2009 9:00 AM
Dolphin Encounter's Project BEACH, in partnership with The Bahamas National Trust, hosts a clean-up campaign of Bonefish Pond National Park, Cowpen Rd. This is in keeping with the 2009 International Coastal Clean-Up Day whereby citizens in over 120 countries take part. Dress in long pants and closed-in shoes and bring gloves, insect repellent, sun block and personal water bottles. The Beach Clean-up can also be counted as community service hours. Bring community service forms to be signed. Start Time: September at 9:00 am For more information, contact Tanya Moss at 242-363-7180 Email: email@example.com
A gunman opened fire on patients at the Public Hospitals Authority's Community Counseling and Assessment Centre on Market Street yesterday morning wounding one man, police said.
Police said the man was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Witnesses claimed that a second man was shot during the incident and ran away from the scene, but police could not confirm this.
Superintendent Leamond Deleveaux, officer-in-charge of the Central Division, said police were called around 11:15 a.m. about a shooting.
Deleveaux said police were told that four young men approached the counseling center, one armed with a shotgun, and spoke to a man inside.
Shots were soon fired, police said.
Deleveaux said it was too early in the investigation to say if the gunman was a patient of the center and specifically targeted those inside.
A patient who identified himself only as Travis told The Nassau Guardian he witnessed the shooting. He said patients became alarmed after they saw a man outside with a shotgun.
He said they exited the building through a side door to avoid being seen.
"I was attending counseling," he said. "One of the [men] ran in saying, 'gun, gun, gun,'...When we peeked outside [we saw a man] walking up and down the sidewalk with a gun in his hand.
"We have another door. One or two people started slipping out that door so I slipped out too. And when he saw us come out the side door, he came down the sidewalk and one or two [men] told him to [leave]. So he said, 'What, what?' and he just started shooting."
The witness said he was unharmed but he said his neighbor was shot to the face.
He said he and his neighbor ran out of the line of fire and headed toward the nearby Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for help, attempting to flag down police officers.
The witness said he returned to the scene with his neighbor's bloody shirt in hand to retrieve the shoes he left behind when he ran from the gunman.
Another patient, who also did not want to be identified, said he saw the gunman flee the scene on foot.
"I was on my way to counseling," he said. "By the time as I reached halfway to the middle of the corner I heard some shots and when I looked I [saw] the young man running back, straight out to Baillou Hill Road with the gun in [his] hand.
"It's sad; it's [not] safe. The police got to do something."
Deleveaux said police did not have a description of the gunman.
The shooting came hours after the country's third murder of the year was recorded.
Around 8 p.m. on Thursday, a man was shot and killed on Taylor Street.
Police said last night they did not know the condition of the man they confirmed was shot.
Throughout history, inspiring stories have been told of overcoming obstacles and the strength of the human spirit. These stories exist at the core of the glamorous fashion industry as well. Strip away the red carpets and flashing lights before the Fifth Avenue flagship boutiques and celebrity followings, and you would find many designers struggled and still struggle to break through for the love of fashion. The Ferragamo legacy is one such story.
Widowed at age 38, Wanda Ferragamo was left with six children to raise alone with no formal work experience. A housewife since marrying Salvatore Ferragamo at age 18, Wanda knew nothing of the shoe business he had built. After 15 days of mourning his death ...
A child's first airplane ride is always an exciting experience -- it's excitement that usually rubs off on to the people traveling with them -- and such was the case for Ru'Shon Fox. During the summer, four-year-old Ru'Shon, with his mother Sandra Williams-Fox in tow made his first trip to the United States. The excitement the youngster displayed as he prepared to travel to Hollywood, Florida, was palpable according to mother. And at the airport, he refused to accept any help with his carry on bag, even though he would have to take short steps and short breaths along the way. He insisted he could do it.
Even though he was friendly with everyone he met at the airport, and told all of his family's business to whoever would listen, his mother said she did not mind because she did not know what the future would hold for them as her son was on his way to Florida for the first time, not for a pleasure trip, but one that would require that he have heart surgery to correct a heart defect -- Tetralogy of Fallot that causes low oxygen levels in the blood which leads to cyanosis (a bluish-purple color to the skin of those affected). The classic form of Tetralogy of Fallot includes four defects of the heart and its major blood vessels.
It's a surgery that is not performed locally. Ru'Shon had to be taken to Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital in the United States in July to have the life-saving surgery that starts at $50,000 performed. It was also a surgery that his family could not afford.
Like many other parents, Rudolph Sr. and Sandra Fox turned to The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps to repair the hearts of people in The Bahamas, primarily children, for assistance with the cost of heart care for her son.
The surgery was a success, and five days later, Ru'Shon was getting to enjoy a little bit of Florida with his parents as they took in a movie, and had to endure their son urging them to walk up -- suddenly they had to try to keep up with him and his new-found energy, recalled his mother. As they returned home, Ru'Shon again opted to roll his own carry-on, which he did with lots of energy and he did not have to stop to take breaths or the short steps he had when he went over to Florida.
"For sure I thought we'd make it on CNN, just for [his] speedy recovery," said his mother. "I was shocked he recovered so quickly. They must have given him energy boosters during the surgery."
Fox who says they believe they are a blessed family says she now can't even keep up with her son.
"We will be Heart Foundation spokespeople for life. We are more than grateful," said Fox.
At birth, Ru'Shon had been diagnosed with multiple health problems including the congenital heart defect. He also had a bi-lateral cleft lip and palate, polycystic kidneys and one leg shorter than the other. He spent eight weeks in hospital, immediately following his birth. His cleft lip and palate were corrected. However, without heart surgery, he could have died.
The Foxes are now looking towards working on correcting Ru'Shon's other medical conditions that haven't been corrected as yet. She said doctors are looking to add a lift to his shoe at present to even out his legs and will look to lengthen the bone once it stops growing. And doctors have said to them that he can function with one kidney -- one of his kidneys has stones. They are also looking forward to complete his palate repair with a small hole to close.
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation relies heavily upon the generosity of others to save the lives of children like Ru'Shon. To date, they have helped over 4,000 persons. The Heart Ball Committee (HBC) is the fundraising arm of The Heart Foundation. The year 2014 will mark the 50th Heart Ball. As the fundraising arm of The Heart Foundation, The Heart Ball Committee hosts two major fundraisers annually: The Annual Heart Ball (February 15, 2014) and The Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show (November 17, 2013). The public is encouraged to participate in these events, make donations, and purchase ads in The Heart Ball's booklet, sponsor events, participate in sponsored events and volunteer their services. Donations made by U.S. citizens are tax deductible. To purchase tickets for The HBC's Fashion Show or The Annual Heart Ball, or to find out how you can assist, telephone 327-0806 through 10.
A 28-year-old man received a sentence of three years yesterday for a child sex crime.
Gregory McPhee, who faced a maximum sentence of seven years, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and admitted to having sex with the girl of seven.
McPhee performed a sex act on the child, who is related to a woman with whom he had a relationship, the court heard.
In mitigation, defense lawyer Wallace Rolle said that McPhee had a hard life. Rolle said, "His story is a story that would be suited for a movie that would move most people to tears. Anyone who would have walked in his shoes would have found themselves here. I'm not surprised he is here after his story."
Rolle said McPhee's actions were inexcusable, but they were the result of a vicious cycle that began from the day he was born. According to Rolle, McPhee was also molested as a child.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs said McPhee breached a position of trust by committing his crime. However, he said McPhee, who has no previous convictions, spared his victim the trauma of publicly giving evidence about the events of 2006.
Isaacs said he hoped that McPhee received much-needed counseling while in prison, so that he would not reoffend when he returns to society.
He warned McPhee that the court would not exercise leniency if he reoffended.