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Why You Need to See the Podiatrist if You Have Diabetes

Whether you’ve only recently been diagnosed or you’ve been living with diabetes for a long time—maybe your entire life—your condition can make life feel overwhelming at times. We get it. Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from a full, active, normal life, though. If you want to stay healthy, you need the discipline to keep doing the little things day after day, month after month, year after year.

Fortunately, you’re not alone. There’s a whole world of people out there who can understand and support you, and medical professionals of all disciplines specialized in getting you the care you need. That said, if your current diabetes team doesn’t currently include a podiatrist, you should make an appointment as soon as you can.

Bashful feet

While diabetes affects systems throughout the body, your feet are among the most vulnerable locations. The slowing of circulation, weakening of nerve function, and reduction in immune response are often felt first—and felt worst—in the toes, feet, and ankles. As you begin to lose the ability to feel your feet, as well as the ability to close wounds and fight infections, even small cuts and blisters could lead to massive sores and serious infections. If not treated in time, that could mean a necessary amputation—and a permanent reduction in your independence and quality of life.

This is why you need a podiatrist on your team. For starters, we have the tools and training to help you get the treatment you need for an existing sore or wound, so that it doesn’t become something worse. But even if your feet seem to look and feel fine, a podiatrist can help you test and screen for circulatory or nerve issues and stop them before they occur. We can also help you manage your long-term risk by addressing any structural foot problems (like flat feet, bunions, arch issues, abnormal gait) that can contribute to ulceration.

We know—no one is especially excited to see another doctor, another specialist, especially if it feels like nothing is wrong (yet). But trust us: diabetic foot care is one area where you need to be proactive, rather than reactive. That’s why we recommend a complete diabetic checkup with a podiatrist at least once per year, even if you’ve never had problems with ulcers before.

If it’s time for your checkup—or past time—give us a call! Hours are by appointment; the best times to call are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have questions please give us a call (773) 586-0050‬