If you’ve recently been diagnosed or you’ve been living with diabetes for your entire life—your condition can make life feel inundated at times. We get it. Diabetic conditions don’t have to stop you from a full, active, normal life. If your health is important to you, you’ll need the discipline to keep doing the little things that are priorities to keep the health you have.
Fortunately, you’re not in this by yourself. There’s a support network of people out there who can provide the support you need, and medical professionals of all disciplines can be a part of that support network. If your current diabetic team doesn’t include a podiatrist, you should make an appointment to discuss how we can support you.
Diabetes affects the whole body, your feet are among the most vulnerable. Slowing down of circulation, weakening of your nerve function, and reduction in immunities are often felt first—and felt worst—in the toes, feet, and ankles. As you begin to lose the ability to feel your feet, as well as the ability to close wounds and fight infections, even small cuts and blisters could lead to massive sores and serious infections.
You need a podiatrist on your team. To begin with, we have the tools and training to help you get the treatment you need for sore or wound, so that it doesn’t become more problematic. But even if your feet seem to look and feel fine, a podiatrist can help you test and screen for circulatory or nerve issues and stop them before they occur. We can also help you manage your long-term risk by addressing any structural foot problems (like flat feet, bunions, arch issues, abnormal gait) that can contribute to more advance issues.
We are aware that no one is especially excited to see another specialist, especially if nothing is wrong. But trust us: diabetic foot care is one area where you need to be proactive, rather than reactive. That’s why we recommend a complete diabetic checkup with a podiatrist at least once per year, even if you’ve never had problems with ulcers before.
If it’s time for your checkup—or past time—give us a call! Hours are by appointment; the best times to call are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday. (708) 848-7334. We look forward to speaking with you!