If you have diabetes you will want to visit our foot care practice for comprehensive foot exams on a periodic basis. At our Albany Podiatry, our Albany foot doctor, Dr. Steven Lund or Dr. Leslie Rousseau, can provide you with the extra care that you need in the form of a comprehensive foot exam should you have diabetes.
When you have diabetes it is generally recommended that you have an examination of your feet on a yearly basis. Our Albany foot doctor will also educate you about certain aspects of your foot health as it relates to diabetes. Many times people who have diabetes have experienced nerve damage on their feet, and may have poor blood circulation in their feet, as well. This makes it difficult for them to fight foot infections, and can make foot problems develop serious complications for patients with diabetes. When you have a comprehensive foot exam, our podiatrist will help you identify any changes that are occurring in your feet so that you can prevent future foot problems and reduce the risk of ever needing a foot amputation. Diabetic neuropathy is a common foot problem of diabetics. This causes a decrease in the feeling of pain in the feet. Diabetic vasculopathy can cause feet to narrow and reduce blood flow to the feet, as well. As your feet receive less nutrients from the blood and oxygen, the bones and joints of the feet can weaken, and cause the foot to flatten or cause toes to curl. This can create certain pressure areas within your feet that can cause your skin to break down and diabetic ulcers will form. It has been reported that foot amputations are 10 times higher in people with diabetes, but these rates can be decreased by up to 85% when the patient has a comprehensive foot care program.
For an appointment to see our Albany foot doctor for a comprehensive foot exam, contact us today.