(New Bern, NC) CarolinaEast Health System is pleased to offer a free foot screening to the Coastal Carolina community. The event will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Express Lab of CarolinaEast Internal Medicine New Bern office in Berne Square (2604 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd).
Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin it does make doesn’t work as well as it should. People with diabetes are at risk for high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Over the years, hyperglycemia can cause many complications such as damage to nerves and blood vessels, heart disease and stroke, amputations and more.
In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month, CarolinaEast Health System offered a free foot screening last November and were pleased with the interest and feedback. “It is possible to successfully manage a diagnosis of diabetes, and it all begins with education and screenings,” says Dr. James G. Underhill, DPM with CarolinaEast Physicians. “Diabetics must learn about their condition and know how to take care of themselves, as well as know when to see a professional. I am pleased to offer this service again for those who may not know the importance of foot care when it comes to managing diabetes,” he added.
Dr. James G. Underhill, DPM, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatry, in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his Podiatry Degree. He completed his Residency at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Underhill is board eligible in Podiatry, which is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.
While walk-ins for the screening will be accommodated on a first-come first-serve basis if possible, it is recommended that interested individuals make an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (252) 633-8154 by Wednesday, May 8. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must be 18 years old to participate, have an existing diabetes diagnosis, but currently without a Podiatrist or undergoing treatment for a foot wound.
In addition to the screening, educational material about diabetes and foot care will be available.