If you have diabetes, taking great care of your feet should be a top priority. That need is easier to meet when you work with skilled podiatrist Ramin Zaghi, DPM, in Gramercy Park, New York City. Whether you need a foot care evaluation or treatment for diabetic ulcers or other areas of concern, Dr. Zaghi can help. Book an appointment online or over the phone at your earliest convenience.
Diabetes takes an enormous toll on many organs and systems in your body. Your risk of circulation problems rises, which lowers your body’s ability to heal. Nerve damage is also common, which impacts your ability to feel when something is wrong.
The combination of neuropathy and poor circulation can mean even a tiny scrape, cut, or hangnail can quickly develop into a serious infection. Diabetics must take precautions to ensure their feet are healthy, which means a routine of daily self-exams.
A diabetic foot care evaluation, or diabetic foot exam, is an appointment with a medical professional for the purpose of examining your feet to check for ulcers or other areas of concern. Finding these potential problems in the early stages allows you and Dr. Zaghi to craft a customized treatment plan.
Here are some issues that should prompt an immediate call to Dr. Zaghi:
Don’t wait for these kinds of issues to resolve themselves. If you have diabetes, any change in the skin on your feet requires prompt action.
An ulcer is a medical term for a sore or wound. Men and women with diabetes need to take especially good care of their feet, including performing nightly inspections to ensure the skin on the top, bottom, or sides of the feet has not been breached.
It’s important to understand that many people with diabetes have lost a degree of feeling in their feet. That’s why you cannot wait for pain to signal that something is wrong. For those who do not embrace a nightly foot self-exam, the first sign of a foot ulcer is often visible blood or drainage on your socks.
Dr. Zaghi has numerous options when it comes to treating a diabetic foot ulcer. Depending on the size, location, and condition of the ulcer, he might perform a debridement, a procedure to remove dead tissue or skin. Special dressings, medications, and skin substitute materials can help your foot ulcer heal properly.
Learn more about diabetic foot care during your face-to-face consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.