The Podiatrist’s Role in Treating Diabetes
Diabetes is a systematic disease that affects many parts of the body, including the feet and ankles. Since it affects so many parts of the body, it requires a team approach when it comes to treatment.
A podiatrist helps diabetic patients with their foot and ankle problems. Diabetic patients often have problems with circulation, which can cause many problems in the foot and ankles and can even lead to amputations.
The key to avoiding amputations in diabetic patients diabetic patients is early recognition regular foot screenings. Diabetic patients need to have at least one foot screening a year.
In addition to regular check ups with the podiatrist, diabetic patients need to watch closely for warning signs so that problems can be identified and taken care of by a doctor.
Here are some warning signs to look for:
- Skin color changes
- Swelling of the feet or ankle
- Elevation in skin temperature
- Pain in the legs
- Bleeding corns or calluses
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
- Ingrown toenails or fungal toenails
If you are diabetic and notice any of these changes, you need to see a doctor and have the change evaluated.
If you would like to set up an appointment with out office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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