Up to 34% of diabetes sufferers develop diabetic ulcers, which can eventually lead to amputation if not treated promptly. But, regular diabetic foot care diminishes amputation risk by up to 85%. At Amit Shah DPM in North Brunswick, Edison, and Cranbury, New Jersey, Dr. Shah and Magdalene Armanious, DPM, emphasize preventive care to keep your feet healthy now and in the future. Book your appointment through online scheduling or by calling the office nearest you.
Diabetes can be severely damaging to your feet because it causes peripheral damage in the nerves leading to your feet, along with sluggish circulation in your legs, ankles, and feet.
With diabetic neuropathy, it’s common to have foot pain, tingling, burning, and sometimes numbness. These sensations can make it not only miserable to walk but also difficult to notice small lacerations and tiny injuries.
When you have diabetes, even a miniscule skin cut on the bottom of your foot could turn into a major problem because you don’t feel it.
Continued pressure on a foot wound as you walk can open the wound and prevent its healing, eventually causing a diabetic ulcer. Diabetic ulcers are common because poor circulation to the feet and hands makes healing difficult.
Those with diabetes are also vulnerable to other foot problems like ingrown toenails, bunions, corns, hammertoes, and calluses. For all of these reasons, preventive foot care is essential for anyone managing their diabetes.
At Amit Shah DPM, the podiatric care team emphasizes preventive foot care. This includes your skin, nails, and all foot structures. You’ll learn how to care for your feet through regular professional foot exams as well as:
Of course, controlling the disease is crucial. That means controlling your blood sugar with help from your medical doctor or specialist.
The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetic foot exams, including a risk assessment, at least once a year for anyone with diabetes.
During your professional diabetic foot exams, the Amit Shah DPM team carefully examines your feet including the skin, nails, and underlying structures.
They check your nerve function and circulation, as well. The team also examines your footwear to determine whether you need to make changes for optimal support and foot health.
If you have diabetic foot ulcers, the team provides wound care to speed the healing process. For chronic foot wounds or other diabetic foot problems, you may need more frequent visits to Amit Shah DPM to maintain good foot health.
For diabetic foot care in New Jersey, call the best podiatrists in the area at Amit Shah DPM. Book online or by speaking to a friendly team member on the phone today.