Consider diabetic foot care if you have diabetes and want to reduce the risk of bunions, corns, and infections. At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the providers offer diabetic foot care to people of all ages. Routine checkups and healthy lifestyle changes can help keep your feet and toes healthy for years to come. To make an appointment today, call the office in New York City or click the online booking feature.request an appointment
What is diabetic foot care?
Diabetic foot care is a podiatry subspecialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents diabetes-related foot and ankle problems.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that affects your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Everyone’s blood sugar fluctuates, but if you have diabetes, it remains too high for extended periods. That increases your risk of more serious health problems, like nerve damage (neuropathy) and slow-healing wounds.
Diabetic foot care combines patient education, healthy lifestyle changes, and prescription medication to keep your blood sugar in check.
Who can benefit from diabetic foot care?
Enroll in diabetic foot care at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Especially, if you experience symptoms like:
- Skin discoloration
- Tingling or numbness
- Loss of body hair
- Calluses and corns
You might also benefit from diabetic foot care if you develop a diabetic ulcer or another type of slow-healing open wound.
What happens during diabetic foot care?
At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, diabetic foot care begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your diabetes, including when you were diagnosed, if you currently take any medication, and how well you control your blood sugar.
Next, your provider examines your legs, feet, and toes. They assess your skin for redness, bruising, or swelling, and press on your feet and toes with different tools to see if you experience numbness or tingling.
If you have an open wound, like a diabetic ulcer, your provider collects a biopsy sample and orders X-rays or an ultrasound to see how far the infection goes.
What does diabetic foot care involve?
At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the providers develop custom treatment plans that align with each patient’s individual needs. Often, that involves:
- Checking your feet daily for potential problems
- Wearing shoes and socks at all times
- Monitoring your blood sugar throughout the day
- Eating a balanced diet
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting smoking
- Keeping your toenails trimmed
- Maintaining healthy circulation
If you have neuropathy or slow-healing wounds, your provider might recommend wound care. Treatment may include cleaning the wound, removing diseased or damaged tissue, or prescribing antibiotics.
Don’t wait to enroll in diabetic foot care at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates. Make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature.