Men, women, and children with diabetes are more prone to foot problems, such as infections and ulcers, due to a loss of feeling in their feet. The friendly and professional podiatrists at Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. and Dr. Rachel B. Perl offer diabetic foot care services at their locations in West Islip and Hicksville, New York. If you have diabetes, call or book an appointment online for specialized foot care today.
Diabetes is a chronic disease. Over time, diabetes may cause peripheral neuropathy or painful nerve damage. Neuropathy can cause tingling, pain, or numbness in your feet.
If you lose feeling in your feet, you can’t detect pain that signals a problem. Your feet may get exposed to extreme temperatures, or they may sustain cuts or wounds without you knowing it. Cuts and wounds that remain undetected can become infected.
People with diabetes are also more prone to developing open sores on the bottoms or sides of their feet. Furthermore, diabetes can cause decreased blood circulation, which may slow the healing process of sores and infections. If left untreated, these problems may worsen and require amputation.
Dr. Landy and his team offer specialized foot care for people with diabetes. Although diabetes may make you more susceptible to developing foot problems, proper care can help prevent complications.
It’s important to see Dr. Landy for routine foot care, so he or a member of his team can identify issues before they become a problem. They address a full spectrum of foot conditions, such as:
They also look for signs of infection, such as warmth or redness on your feet. You should call the Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. right away if you notice signs of infection at home.
Proper diabetic foot care requires daily commitment. In addition to scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Landy, you can care for your feet at home by:
You should also carefully examine the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet every day. Look for noticeable changes, such as:
If you detect any of these problems, call Robert J. Landy, D.P.M., or book an appointment online.