Why do I need to see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?
As you probably know, diabetes causes a host of complications due to ongoing blood sugar fluctuations. Oftentimes, your feet are overlooked. The reason foot problems arise and become quite serious when you have diabetes is because you’re prone to circulatory problems and vein damage, as well as nerve damage.
Because it’s even harder than normal for blood to circulate in and out of your lower extremities, skin cells don’t get the nutrients they need to thrive. This causes your skin to dry out, crack open, and grow more susceptible overall to injuries.
But again, the lack of blood flow means that when a wound occurs, even if it’s seemingly minor, it’s going to heal very slowly. Since wounds are more likely to stay open for excessive periods, you’re prone to developing infections, which can ultimately lead to limb-threatening diabetic ulcers.
When should I schedule a diabetes foot care exam?
Diabetes foot care involves preventive measures, in addition to treatments for wounds, ulcers, or any other issues you may face. At Elite FootCare of Texas, Dr. Shepherd typically wants you to come in once a year for preventive diabetic foot exams. He might suggest more frequent visits if you have poorly managed diabetes or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
Outside of these routine diabetic foot care exams, there are still times when you need to come into Elite FootCare of Texas. Schedule an exam if you experience:
These are just some of the warning signs of wounds and other problems diabetics face that require immediate medical intervention.
Which types of diabetic foot care treatments do I need?
When you visit Elite FootCare of Texas for your diabetic foot care exam, Dr. Shepherd evaluates your feet and ankles thoroughly. He also performs a head-to-toe exam and talks with you about your overall health. If you have any foot wounds or other concerning issues, Dr. Shepherd may recommend any of the following remedies:
Dr. Shepherd focuses on treating you as a whole, not just the feet you walk in on. He can partner with your primary care physician or another provider to ensure your diabetes management plan is on track. Your entire diabetic foot care plan at Elite FootCare is personalized to you.
Schedule your evaluation at Elite FootCare of Texas today. Book an appointment online or call the office directly..