Every day in the United States, roughly 230 diabetics have to go through an amputation. Because serious limb-threatening ulcers and wounds can often be prevented, Dr. Navrit Randhawa at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center provides comprehensive diabetic foot care management.
What is diabetic foot care?
Diabetes-related blood sugar fluctuations lead to a host of problems all over your body. Not only do glucose surges damage blood vessels, which decreases circulation, high blood sugar can also injure nerves.
These issues lead to slow-healing wounds, since skin can’t get adequate nutrients to heal quickly. Plus, because of nerve damage (a condition known as diabetic neuropathy), you might not be able to feel that you have a wound. This can increase your risk of serious infection if you don’t treat the wound right away.
Diabetic foot care involves taking measures to prevent these types of issues and intervene quickly if an injury or infection does occur. The goal of diabetic foot care is to prevent limb-threatening ulcers and infections.
When should I have a foot exam if I have diabetes?
The expert team of board-certified podiatrists at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center encourages you to have a comprehensive diabetic foot care exam annually. You may need to come in more frequently if you:
It’s also important to book a diabetic foot care exam soon if you notice pressure issues, such as bruises or red spots on your feet. These could be signs of ill-fitting shoes and vascular problems.
Which diabetic foot care treatment do I need?
Your diabetic foot care treatment plan from Carteret Foot & Ankle Center is entirely tailored to you and any concerns you have at the time. During your diabetic foot evaluation, your podiatrist can:
Your expert podiatrist also educates you about certain changes you can make to reduce your risk of diabetes-related foot complications. For instance, when you have diabetes, it’s critical to always wear socks, keep your feet dry, and inspect your feet daily.
The team at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center is dedicated to helping you keep your feet healthy and teaching you how to reduce your risk of amputation.
Schedule your evaluation at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center today. Request an appointment, or call our office to speak with a team member.