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DIABETIC FOOT CARE
HOW DOES DIABETES AFFECT MY FEET?
Many people with diabetes have mild to severe nerve damage. This can cause diminished feeling in the feet. As a result, you may not feel cuts, scratches and breaks in the skin. These wounds can lead to unnoticed infection.
For example, if you have diabetes, you may not notice rough seams in shoes or socks that rub against your skin and result in sores. You may also not be aware of weakening joints, which can cause you to change the way you put pressure on your feet as you walk. Friction you can’t feel may cause your skin to blister and crack, opening a path for infection.
Your blood nourishes tissues and carries infection-fighting cells to those tissues that need them. Because diabetes can cause circulation problems, your feet may suffer from a reduced blood supply, putting you at greater risk for infection.
WHAT DOES “DIABETIC FOOT” MEAN?
You may have heard this term, which refers to the complete cycle of foot irritation, skin breakdown, ulceration, necrosis (dead skin) and bone infection that can lead to limb loss and/or the spread of infection to other parts of the body. With proper foot care, this cycle of events can be prevented or minimized.
DO I NEED TO SEE PARK AVENUE PODIATRY CENTER PODIATRISTS?
Because diabetes affects many organs of the body, management of the disease often requires several medical specialists. It is important to keep your feet healthy
If you're a diabetic, contact us so that we can provide you with the care you'll need to minimize possible complications.
Having an open wound, increases the chances of infection. If you have a non healing wound on your lower extremity, it is essential that you act to get it healed as quickly as possible to prevent infection and further complications. If you have diabetes, you are especially at risk for complications. The sooner a wound is treated the greater the patient's chances are of healing.
When you first come to our practice, Park Avenue Podiatry Center, Our Podiatrists will use the latest technology to perform a comprehensive neurologic, vascular and orthopedic exam. Once the wounds are healed, patients are regularly followed up to help avoid future problems.
So, if you have a non-healing wound on your foot, ankle or leg especially if you're diabetic, we strongly recommend that you contact us for a comprehensive evaluation.