Our New York City Podiatrists in Specialize in Diabetic Foot Care. We take Foot Wounds Seriously & Offer Effective Treatments
Diabetic Foot Health
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
FOOT CARE FOR DIABETICS
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
At Park Avenue Podiatry Associates, our Podiatrists recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
Contact Park Avenue Podiatry Associates for assistance in trimming toenails
Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
Protect your feet from hot and cold.
Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting; don't sit cross-legged; and stay active.
Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact Park Avenue Podiatry Associates if you notice anything unusual- even the slightest change.
Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
At Park Avenue Podiatry Associates, our Foot Doctors understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Schedule an appointment and we will discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury no matter how small come in for an exam right away.
TREATING DIABETIC ULCERS OF THE FEET
If you have a non healing wound on your lower extremity, it is essential that you act to get it healed as quickly as possible to prevent infection and further complications. If you have diabetes, you are especially at risk for complications. The sooner a wound is treated the greater the patient's chances are of healing.
When you first come to our practice, Park Avenue Podiatry Associates, Our Foot Doctors will use the latest technology to perform a comprehensive neurologic, vascular and orthopedic exam. Once the wounds are healed, patients are regularly followed up to help avoid future problems.
So, if you have a non-healing wound on your foot, ankle or leg and especially if you're diabetic, contact Park Avenue Podiatry Associates as soon as possible.