Your feet are among the most common sites of diabetes complications. If you have diabetes, regular visits to a podiatrist should be part of your care routine. At Local Foot Doc, in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors help you prevent and manage diabetic foot complications, including wounds and peripheral neuropathy. For your convenience, there are two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
It’s especially important to take good care of your feet if you have diabetes. Foot problems that may be minor and simple for someone without diabetes can lead to serious complications.
Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, poor circulation, and increased likelihood of infection. Combined, these factors put your feet at special risk.
When you have diabetes, poor circulation causes wounds to heal slowly and worsen quickly. Even a small cut, sore, or blister can lead to a serious infection, and eventually, amputation.
Your feet have an especially hard time receiving the blood they need because they’re located so far from your heart.
Nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Neuropathy can cause you to lose sensation in your feet, including your ability to feel pain.
That means you need to closely inspect your feet to know if you have a cut and get treatment before it becomes serious.
In addition to numbness, a common symptom of neuropathy is dry, cracked skin. When you have diabetes, even a tiny break in your skin can eventually lead to a serious wound or infection, which may result in losing a toe, foot, or leg.
As with other diabetes complications, you can usually prevent diabetic foot complications by managing your diabetes successfully.
Diabetes management includes getting regular physical activity, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and taking medication or supplemental insulin. When your blood sugar is under control, your circulation improves, and this is key to preventing complications.
It’s also important to take good care of your feet. You should inspect feet at least once a day for cuts, blisters, bruises, redness, or swelling, and schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc if anything looks concerning. You should also wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day.
Therapeutic shoes designed for people with diabetes can reduce pressure on your feet and protect your skin from irritation and cuts. Your doctor at Local Foot Doc can fit you for custom-made diabetic shoes or orthotic shoe inserts.
Wearing diabetic shoes or orthotics can significantly reduce your risk of diabetic foot wounds while keeping you comfortable. Features of diabetic shoes include:
Foot and ankle care is a central component of living with diabetes and preventing serious complications. Schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc online or over the phone.