Working alongside internists and endocrinologists as part of the diabetes health professional team, podiatry and foot care has been proven to be a valuable asset in maintaining longevity and quality of life for diabetics. Diabetic patients need to understand that this disease can be severe and that a strict diet as well as faithful use of all medication is necessary to keep this disease under control. Periodic trips to your foot doctor at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C. for Yonkers diabetic foot care are also needed.
All diabetics are warned that their metabolic disease often affects the eyes, the kidneys, and the feet with often tragic consequences. Poor circulation, numbness and burning, loss of balance and strength, foot ulcers, infections, and all too often gangrene and amputation are commonly associated with diabetes. Early detection, periodic monitoring, and judicious care are essential in the prevention and management of diabetic complications. Many diabetics have problems with their feet and if regular monitoring is not followed, subsequent complications can readily occur. Therefore, you should check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any of the other problems. If you have poor blood flow, it is especially important to do a daily foot check. An annual foot exam by our Yonkers diabetic foot care specialist should be performed that includes an inspection of the skin, a check of the temperature of your feet, and an assessment of the sensation to the foot. All diabetics should, at the very least, have an annual podiatry exam, even if they don’t have any foot problems.
Active ongoing patient participation is an essential aspect in the clinical management of this disease. At Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., Yonkers diabetic foot care for our diabetic patients will start with a complete lower extremity evaluation. We will then determine how your diabetes has affected your feet so that a program of care can be custom developed to treat and reverse any existing problems and prevent future problems from developing.