With the increased chance of nerve and circulation issues associated with diabetes, your risk of lower extremity complications rises. New York’s top podiatrist, Terry Robertson, DPM of New York Foot Center in Yorkville, Upper East Side, offers individualized care for diabetics. Since up to 24% of diabetic patients who suffer from an untreated foot ulcer need an amputation, it’s best to catch any problems early. If you have diabetes, schedule an exam with Dr. Robertson either online or over the phone today.
Diabetes can damage nerves and tissues. Nerves throughout your body end up with diminished ability to send and receive signals. If the nerves in your feet become damaged, you could have a small wound that quickly develops into a severe infection, all because you can’t feel it.
Veins and arteries are also prone to damage with diabetes, which can impact circulation. Any wounds you develop are slow-healing, especially wounds that develop in lower extremities where blood flow is already compromised.
Because Dr. Robertson is part of your overall medical team, he works with your primary care physician to keep your blood glucose under control and manage any other issues that might complicate your foot wounds.
If needed, part of your diabetes foot care treatment involves removing dead skin, a treatment called debridement. If you have a current wound, Dr. Robertson treats the underlying infection and works to prevent future infections. Depending on the severity of your diabetic complication, Dr. Robertson applies medication or dressings to the ulcer and teaches you how to clean and care for your wound at home.
Most diabetic wounds are treatable with non-surgical options. If the ulcer gets infected or spreads, Dr. Robertson may suggest surgery to remove dead tissue or correct deformities that increase your risk of wounds, such as bunions or hammertoes.
You can make some changes to prevent diabetes complications in your lower extremities, or drastically lower your risk. Dr. Robertson suggests:
It’s important to avoid walking barefoot, both while your wound heals and once you’ve fully recovered. Otherwise, you risk re-injuring your foot and having to go through treatments again.
If you have diabetes complications or a wound, schedule a visit to New York Foot Center by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.