Diabetes

Diabetes is marked by the inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. Diabetes is a systemic disease which may affect many different parts of the body. The foot is well supplied by many small blood vessels. These may become blocked as a possible complication of diabetes. Poor blood supply results in providing less nutrients to the extremities which may result in poor or slower health causing infections. As a result, diabetes management requires a team approach. A podiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team.

Amputation prevention is of primary concern to the podiatrist. Through regular foot screenings, at least annually, from a podiatrist, there is documented success in its prevention.

what the footinjuryclinic can do for the diabetic patient

Our podiatrists are highly trained and experienced in the management and treatment of the diabetic foot. They have developed a detailed and comprehensive testing process which includes:

  • Performing a physical examination
  • Referring for X-ray evaluation
  • Performing debridement and wound care
  • Pathology tests

At the footinjuryclinic we initiate a total medical team approach, which may include your family practice doctor, endocrinologist, vascular surgeon, and infectious disease specialist.

diabetic ulcers

A diabetic ulcer is a breakdown of the skin on an area of the foot. An ulcer can develop quickly and may be painful and difficult to heal. It is important to have an X-ray to determine whether there is any bone involvement when an ulcer is present.

These ulcers may be caused by:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Lack of sensation
  • Trauma
  • Heredity
  • Biomechanical issues

Come see us for your diabetic podiatry review. Keeping your feet in the best condition.
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