Diabetes Q & A
Why should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?
When it comes to your feet, blood flow is already limited, just because of the effects of gravity. The ongoing blood sugar surges you experience with diabetes damages tissues all over your body. Diabetes further decreases blood flow, delays healing, and even permanently damages nerves.
All of these issues combined make you more susceptible to developing serious foot ulcers. For instance, if you get a tiny cut on your foot, because of diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy) you probably won’t be able to feel it. Since you just don’t get adequate blood flow to your lower extremities, a minor wound stays open longer and can quickly become infected, leading to a limb-threatening diabetic ulcer.
Plus, when you have diabetes, you’re more likely to have dry skin that cracks easily, as well as changes in your nails. These abnormalities can make you more vulnerable to developing infections, including fungal nails. Because of all of these issues, you need to become established with a dedicated podiatrist who specializes in diabetes management.
What is diabetic foot care?
At Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center, the team of podiatric specialists works together to ensure you receive comprehensive foot care if you have diabetes. Diabetic foot care can include:
- Getting fitted for custom orthotics
Specialized diabetic shoe fittings
Checking for cuts and wounds
Treating diabetic ulcers
Corn and callus removal
In most cases, the top-rated podiatrists in Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center want to see you once a year for preventive diabetic foot care exams. But if you have a history of foot ulcers, nerve pain or nerve damage, or poorly managed diabetes, your podiatrist might suggest more frequent exams.
When should I get treatment for a diabetic ulcer?
Because of diabetes-related issues and your risk of slow-healing wounds, it’s important to get treatment immediately if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Noticeable foot wound or ulcer
Blood or drainage in your socks
Stabbing nerve pain
Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center is home to some of the most state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment in Las Vegas. For optimal limb salvage and effective diabetic ulcer treatment, your podiatrist spends time examining your wound, removing damaged skin, and treating any underlying infection.
Schedule your diabetic foot care evaluation at Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call to speak with a team member.