Podiatrists play a key role in the treatment of diabetes. Most diabetic complications start in the feet before they show up elsewhere in the body. Podiatrists can develop a treatment plan to manage possible complications from diabetes.
Treatment for diabetes starts with an evaluation of the circulation in the feet and measuring the strength of the pulses. Assessing the circulation helps doctors determine the stage of a patient’s condition and also helps to determine other treatment options. Sensation/sensitivity is also evaluated to determine whether or not diabetes has caused nerve damage.
Changes in the coloration, hair growth and skin texture are also evaluated and monitored on a routine basis to assess the progression of the disease.
Treatment options for diabetes vary based on the severity and progression of the disease. Patients in the early stages may not need many forms of treatment, but often benefit from preventative measures to manage possible complications.
If the disease has progressed, it is imperative for patients to have regular visits with their podiatrist. Trimming and managing toe nails is essential to prevent ulcers from forming and becoming infected. The loss of sensation combined with the thickening of nails makes it critically important for nails managed by a podiatrist.
Calluses also need routine care to prevent ulceration and infection. Routine care involves reducing and managing calluses. Pressure points are also evaluated in order to prevent future calluses from forming. Special hoes and orthotics may be recommended to treat calluses from worsening.
If you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, please call the podiatrists at Progressive Foot Care to make an appointment to have your feet evaluated.