For people with diabetes, diabetic foot care is essential to successfully managing the condition and avoiding serious complications like gangrene or amputation. If you suffer from diabetes, book an appointment with Frank Killian, DPM, FACFAS, Sameep Chandrani, DPM, AACFAS, and the team at Mercer Ocean Podiatry in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey. The team of foot and ankle experts works with you to maintain your health and minimize your risk of diabetic foot problems. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a complex condition that can affect more than just your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can affect your eyesight and cardiovascular health, and can even lead to foot damage.
Over time, high levels of blood sugar cause a type of nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy. Although diabetic neuropathy can affect any of your nerves, it most commonly damages those in your legs and feet.
Diabetic neuropathy reduces blood flow and causes numbness and loss of feeling in your foot. If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy and experience an injury, you may not notice until a serious infection or gangrene has already set in.
Once gangrene begins, you may require amputation to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body. In most cases, amputations in diabetic patients are caused by ulcers or open wounds.
The goal of diabetic foot care is to help you avoid serious complications like ulcers and gangrene. At Mercer Ocean Podiatry, the team of board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons has extensive experience evaluating and treating people with diabetes.
The practice offers a diabetes management program that includes both basic foot care like debridement services for trimming nails and calluses as well as ongoing monitoring of your condition. The team works with you to maintain your health and minimize your risk of amputation.
Diabetic foot care consists of a series of regular visits that allow the team to monitor your condition and give you the opportunity to voice any concerns you have about your foot health.
Because diabetes increases your risk of serious foot health problems, it’s important to take certain steps at home to keep your feet healthy. Some of these steps include:
These simple steps can go a long way in helping you avoid issues like ulcers or infections. If you do experience a foot problem, early detection is key to successful treatment.
For expert diabetic foot care, book an appointment at Mercer Ocean Podiatry by phone or online today.