Diabetes is a disease that can cause pain, neuropathy, sores, and other complications in your feet. A diabetic foot exam performed by a qualified physician can help prevent foot problems, or detect them in the early stages, so treatment can be most effective. The outstanding team of podiatrists at North Shore Foot & Ankle in Syosset, NY, Flushing, NY, Rosedale, NY, Plainview, NY, and Lynbrook NY have the training and expertise to keep diabetic feet safe and healthy. To learn more about diabetic foot care, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

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How does diabetes affect my feet?

When you have diabetes mellitus, your body has trouble regulating blood sugar, also known as blood glucose. When you have too much glucose in your blood, it slows your circulation, and the excess sugar can damage blood vessel walls, as well as nerve tissue.

Because your feet are the part of your body that is farthest from your heart, they are harder for your circulatory system to reach; over time they can become deprived of healthy blood flow while the glucose inside the blood vessels builds up, leading to serious complications.

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot problems?

Diabetes causes nerve damage, sores that don’t heal, and issues in the joints, muscles, and bones. Some of the symptoms and conditions that arise from diabetes include:

  • Pain in the feet or lower legs
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of balance
  • Fungal infections
  • Calluses and corns
  • Foot ulcers
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails

If you have any of these conditions, it’s a good idea to schedule an exam right away so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

How does a podiatrist provide diabetic foot care?

There is no cure for diabetes, but the disease can be managed. Controlling blood sugar, staying active, and eating a healthy diet are essential for preventing debilitating complications.

After your diabetic foot exam and a review of your health history, the caring podiatrists at North Shore Foot & Ankle work with you to develop a treatment plan to keep your feet healthy and pain-free. Your doctor will discuss proper at-home diabetic foot care, which includes keeping your feet clean and dry, your nails trimmed and wearing appropriate shoes.

If you do have foot complications, some of the treatments your podiatrist can provide include:

  • Ulcer and wound care
  • Orthotics
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Pain management
  • Foot surgery, such as bunionectomy

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but having a skilled podiatrist who you trust to provide exceptional care for your feet can make a big difference in the severity of your complications and your overall quality of life.

To learn more about compassionate, quality diabetic foot care at North Shore Foot & Ankle, call the office or schedule an appointment online.