Peripheral Nerve and Artery Damage

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A podiatrist is one of the most important members of a diabetic patient’s care team. Our experienced doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC have helped hundreds of people to keep their lower limbs in good working condition, and we’re sensitive to the particular ways in which diabetes impacts someone’s lifestyle. People with diabetes are at elevated risk for damage to their peripheral nerves and arteries, meaning they have to take additional precautions against foot injuries.

When a person has diabetes, their body struggles to process blood sugar. The sugar tends to accumulate in their lower limbs, where it causes damage to nerves and arteries. Although this causes pain or tingling in some people, it can also make them less sensitive to problems in their feet. This is especially concerning because damage to arteries prevents the feet from getting enough nutrition and immune system support, making it more difficult for them to recover from infections.

People with diabetes need to visually and manually inspect their feet every day to determine whether they have inflammation or other issues. If they do notice a problem, they should consult with us about it at our office. People with peripheral nerve damage who attempt to remove dead skin or calluses on their own may not feel if they cut too deeply. A person with a seemingly minor infection may also need antibiotics to make a full recovery, and we may be able to provide relief to people whose neuropathy causes them pain.

Dr. Frank Killian and Dr. Sameep Chandrani run Mercer-Ocean Podiatry. For the location at 2103 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, 08619, call 609-585-3200. For the location at 202 Rte 37 W, Suite 4, Toms River, New Jersey, 08755, call 732-557-4266. Visit New Jersey Foot.

Author
Frank J. Killian, DPM FACFAS Owner, Mercer Ocean Podiatry Board Certified American Board of Podiatric Surgery Fellow American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

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