Our New Hyde Park, NY Podiatrist Is Your Diabetic Foot Care & Wound Care Expert
DIABETIC FOOT CARE
IF YOU HAVE DIABETES IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU HAVE YOUR FEET EVALUATED BY A PODIATRIST.
Diabetics are prone to poor circulation, have a weakened immune system and impaired nerve function in their feet. Due to poor circulation or lack of sensation after poor circulation, diabetic feet are more susceptible to developing sores, and non-healing wounds which may lead to ulcers. These wounds can also develop into serious infections which can lead to amputations, loss of limbs and even loss of life.
With diabetes, you also have a good chance of developing neuropathy. Symptoms of neuropathy can be pain, numbness, tingling and burning sensation in your feet. Our Podiatrist recommends that you come in for a comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation.
New Hyde Park Podiatry will use the latest technology to test and assess the circulation to your feet, and determine if you have peripheral neuropathy. Once the evaluation is complete, our Foot Doctor will design a treatment plan specifically for you.
If you're a diabetic, reach out and make an appointment today so that our medical team can provide you with the care you'll need to minimize possible complications.
DIABETIC SHOE PROGRAM
Many diabetic patients experience problems with their feet due to poor circulation and loss of sensation. It is important to choose footwear in order to protect the feet from complications. To ensure comfort and proper fit, there are many shoes available that are specially made for diabetic patients. Many of these shoes come with removable insoles or orthotics and offer extra support to keep the feet healthy. Shoes may also be custom-made to fit your individual feet to help you find pain relief.
When shopping for shoes, diabetic patients should look for a sturdy, durable shoe that fits the shape of your individual feet while still letting them breathe. A proper fit and long-lasting support can prevent complications from occurring.
It is important for diabetic patients to have regular podiatric exams in order to further protect their feet from these serious complications. Schedule an appointment with New Hyde Park Podiatry, we provide customized diabetic footwear fittings to help patients find the best shoes for their feet.
WOUND MANAGEMENT (FOOT INFECTIONS, ULCERS)
Having an open wound, increase the chances of infection.
People with diabetes are at high risk for developing problems with their feet. Diabetics may lose sensation in their feet due to nerve or blood vessel damage and can hurt themselves without knowing it. Ulcers and other wounds commonly form on the bottom of the foot and can easily become infected or lead to other serious complications. Ulcers may develop as a result of poor circulation, lack of feeling in the feet, irritation or trauma.
Once a wound has been detected, it should be treated immediately in order to prevent complications from developing. Diabetic wound treatment focuses on relieving pressure from the area and removing dead skin cells and tissue through a process called debridement. The wound is then medicated and dressed to prevent infection and promote healing. For more severe wounds, patients may be required to wear special footwear or a brace to relieve pressure and irritation to the wound. To prevent wounds from developing, patients should avoid walking barefoot and keep blood glucose levels under control.
New Hyde Park Podiatry 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.
If you have a non-healing wound on your foot, ankle or leg and especially if you're diabetic, book an appointment for a complete evaluation.