Antioch Foot & Ankle Group Sponsors Talkin “Sugar” with Dandy
Dr. Daalia Jones, Educating the Community about Diabetes
Savannah, Georgia, August 28, 2015 – Dr. Daalia Jones spoke to persons with diabetes, at the office of Antioch Foot & Ankle Group, on Thursday. She talked about the devastating effects of diabetes, as well as the good news about managing the condition. Dr. Jones serves as one of the podiatrists at Antioch Foot & Ankle Group, and was the guest speaker at the August session of Talkin “Sugar” with Dandy. The Free monthly sessions, for persons with diabetes and their families, begins at 6 p.m., and lasts for one hour, in a relaxed atmosphere, where discussions can take place, and educational information can be shared about diabetes. Dr. Jones told the crowd that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, toe, foot and leg amputations, and, that Antioch is committed to reducing the number of amputations associated with diabetes.
Dr. Jones said that in 2012, the number of Americans with diabetes was 29.1 million and that 11.8 million were senior citizens over age 65. Diabetes can affect the entire body, but Dr. Jones focused on foot complications associated with diabetes. She talked about complications associated with poor circulation, nerve damage, the skin, nails, muscles, and bones. Dr. Jones explained that persons with diabetes are more likely to get infections and wounds take longer to heal. Cramping in the legs while walking, numbness or weakness in the legs, may be symptoms of a circulation problem. She talked about how diabetes can affect feelings in the feet and lead to numbness, pain and ulcers.
Dr. Jones told guests that the good news is that, a comprehensive foot care program, i.e. one that includes risk assessment, foot-care education, preventative therapy, early treatment of foot problems, and referrals to specialists, can decrease foot complications associated with diabetes and reduce amputation rates by 45% to 85%”. She applauded the participants for coming to be educated about diabetes. Dr. Jones told the guests to check their feet daily and gave great diabetic foot care tips. Each participant received a Talkin “Sugar” tote bag and educational material about diabetes.
The next Talkin “Sugar” with Dandy will be Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Antioch Foot & Ankle Group, 9104 Middleground Rd, Suite 2. REGISTER TODAY! CALL 912-200-3152 or 912-927-8011. Talkin “Sugar” With Dandy will change your attitude about diabetes. Come and bring a friend. Let Antioch Foot & Ankle Group be a “blessing to your feet”.