Managing the foot complications of diabetes can be a challenge, but a skilled, attentive podiatrist can help. The diabetic foot care experts at FOOTDRx provide diabetic foot care, including treatment for peripheral neuropathy and foot wounds. For your convenience, FOOTDRx has an office in Englewood, New Jersey, and three New York City locations: in Midtown East, Union Square, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
People with diabetes are at a high risk of foot complications. Foot issues that would be minor for people without diabetes can cause serious problems, like ulcers and infections. Thankfully, diabetic foot complications are usually preventable through proper diabetic foot care.
There are a few closely related reasons why diabetes can affect your feet. Many people with diabetes have nerve damage, also known as peripheral neuropathy, so they lose the feeling in their feet. Diabetes also affects your circulation, so wounds take longer to heal than they would for people without diabetes.
When you have peripheral neuropathy, you may not notice when you have a cut or other wound because you don’t feel pain. If you have circulation issues, even a small crack in your skin can take a very long time to heal, leaving you more vulnerable to infection.
If you don’t check your feet for wounds, you may not notice that there's anything wrong until you have a serious infection. Also, because diabetes affects your immune system, your body has a harder time fighting infections.
If they’re left untreated, the only treatment for diabetic foot ulcers may be to amputate your toe, foot, or part of your leg. To avoid that possibility, it’s important to know how to take care of your feet when you have diabetes.
As with other diabetes complications, you’re less likely to get neuropathy and foot wounds if you keep your blood sugar under control. Take medication as prescribed and follow your doctor’s treatment plan, including diet and exercise.
You should take precautions to prevent diabetic foot wounds. Roomy, comfortable footwear can help you stay comfortable and minimize your risk of foot wounds. Your podiatrist can recommend specialized diabetic shoes, as well as orthotic insoles.
If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet daily. You should also keep your feet clean and moisturized. Have your podiatrist treat wounds, as well as corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, and warts, instead of doing it yourself at home.
If you notice any wounds, even if they appear small, see your podiatrist at FOOTDRx as soon as possible. The earlier you get treatment, the easier it is to prevent infection and help the wound to heal.
Your podiatrist removes dead skin and tissue from the foot wound, known as “debridement.” They also help relieve pressure from the wound, which is called “off-loading,” which may involve wearing a foot brace or using crutches. Additionally, your podiatrist applies medication to the wound along with a dressing or bandage.
If you have a corn, callus, ingrown toenail, or wart, you should see your podiatrist. These conditions can easily cause breaks in your skin, resulting in wounds. Your podiatrist can safely remove them.
To schedule a diabetic foot care appointment, call FOOTDRx or use the online booking tool.