Diabetic Foot Care

DiabeticFootPainMany people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and visit a podiatrist at once if problems arise. Higher levels of blood glucose can damage the nerve endings in many areas of the body and organs, which is why tight blood sugar control is an essential aspect of diabetic care.  Maintaining proper circulation is necessary for healing of wounds and infections. At the office of Dr. Menendez, proper diabetic care and providing patients with the necessary knowledge they need is a daily part of routine at our office.  
 
Why podiatry is so essential to people with diabetes? Diabetes causes nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy.  Diabetes affects the circulation, and poor circulation can affect how the body heals.  People with diabetes are more prone to infection.  A variety of foot problems can arise with poor foot care. These may include damage to the foot, foot ulcers, foot infections, Charcot’s joints and amputation.  
 
Podiatrists are one of the essential professionals within diabetes care, and have an important role to play in preventing and managing foot complications amongst people with diabetes.