Diabetic Foot Care

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, East Brunswick, and Edison, NJ

Diabetics in North America have the highest prevalence of foot ulcers, which can lead to amputation if left untreated. Since diabetes can increase your risk of serious foot complications, the expert podiatry team at Cardio Metabolic Institute offers comprehensive diabetic foot care services in Somerset, Monroe Township, and East Brunswick, New Jersey. Find out more by booking an evaluation online or by calling any clinic to schedule your appointment.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Why is diabetic foot care important?

Blood flow in your feet is already limited. They’re the furthest points from your heart, and your circulatory system has to work against the effects of gravity. When you have diabetes, though, blood circulation reduces even further and blood vessels become damaged.

Because of these effects, your skin doesn’t get a steady supply of nutrients and oxygen, which leads to excessive dryness and cracking. 

Your overall risk of developing a foot wound increases and because blood flow is so limited in your feet, wounds heal very slowly and can become infected easily.

As if these complications aren’t enough, blood sugar spikes from diabetes damage your nerves, which can lead to numbness. So anytime you cut your foot or develop a wound, you might not be able to feel it. 

Diabetic foot care involves taking measures to prevent these complications and lower your risk of ulceration and amputation.  

How often should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Keeping your feet healthy involves comprehensive preventive care with your podiatrist at Cardio Metabolic Institute. Typically, the podiatry team recommends annual diabetic foot care exams if your diabetes is well-managed. 

Your podiatrist may want to see you more regularly, like once a quarter, if you have poorly managed diabetes, are newly diabetic, or have a history of foot wounds. 

What happens at my diabetic foot exam?

Your diabetic foot care exam at Cardio Metabolic Institute incorporates not just preventive care, but also treatment solutions. Depending on your health history and the outcome of your foot exam, your podiatrist may:

  • Help you get fitted for orthotics or diabetic shoes
  • Counsel you on blood sugar management
  • Treat cuts or wounds (wound debridement)
  • Remove corns or calluses
  • Trim your toenails

Your podiatrist at Cardio Metabolic Institute also gives you tips and pointers you can use daily to lower your risk of serious diabetic foot wounds. 

For example, it’s helpful to apply a thick moisturizing cream regularly, always avoid going barefoot, and check your feet and toes each day. 

Schedule your diabetic foot care exam at Cardio Metabolic Institute today. Click on the online booking feature or call your most convenient office directly.