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Preventing Foot Disorders for People with Diabetes

Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital to offer evening informational workshop, ‘Preventing Foot Disorders for People with Diabetes’

November 18 program conducted by Warwick Podiatrist Melinda E. Viscusi, DPM

WARWICK – (Nov. 3) Foot care is essential for people with diabetes.

This is the message Warwick podiatrist Dr. Melinda E. Viscusi will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, November 18. The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital.  

“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared for all adults with diabetes and their families.

Dr. Viscusi, who graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2000, is Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery. She shares an office with her associate, Dr. Bruce D. Fischer.

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet. A person with Neuropathic Disease may step on a tack and not even know it.

Dr. Viscusi will discuss how infection and loss of blood flow frequently complicate neuropathy and are the most common causes of serious foot disorders that often require amputation. With the loss of sensation, the patient may underestimate an injury that will predispose the foot to ulcerations, skin breakdown and infection.

“Although, according to the Center for Disease Control, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN, “the hospitalization rates for amputation have been decreasing and they attribute the decrease to foot care and blood glucose control among other factors. Taking care of your feet and visiting your podiatrist regularly is essential for diabetics.”

Braadt and St. Anthony Community Hospital Lead Dietician Janine Killeen RD, CDE are also available at “Diabetes in Check” sessions to answer any questions

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease. They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.

All adults with diabetes and their caregivers are urged to attend the October 15 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com.


About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York. Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors—the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth—serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, a national Catholic system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassion to healthcare and serving those in need.

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.
                                                              


Photo: Dr. Melinda E. Viscusi                                                                          


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