About 8 in 10 amputations of a foot start with a nonhealing foot wound, a common and very treatable condition among diabetics. That’s why it’s so crucial to see a trusted podiatrist regularly. At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, compassionate foot care expert David Mehl, DPM, offers diabetic foot care in a convenient Queens area office. He can skillfully treat foot ulcers and other diabetic foot problems while also helping you prevent future complications. Call the Forest Hills, New York, office or click on the appointment booking tool to protect your feet now.
Diabetic foot care encompasses all of the podiatric services that diabetics need to stay healthy and avoid major problems like infections and amputations. At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, Dr. Mehl offers all forms of diabetic foot care, including:
Dr. Mehl also helps with preventive care tactics. He gives you specific advice to follow at home, such as never going barefoot, checking your feet daily, and bathing your feet daily. When you combine good home care with Dr. Mehl’s expert care, you can keep your feet as healthy as possible.
As a diabetic, you're vulnerable to poor circulation and nerve damage in your extremities, particularly in your feet. Diabetes sufferers are also more likely to develop infections — which often start in the feet — due to a weakened immune system.
The circulatory, nerve, and immune problems can combine to turn a normally small issue into a major one. For example, on a healthy person, a minor cut on the foot usually heals quickly without incident if they look after the cut with minor first-aid measures.
A diabetic person, however, might not even feel a cut due to foot numbness, a common effect of nerve damage. This means you never treat that cut. You may walk on an injury and make it worse without knowing it.
A weakened immune system can't always fight off infection, and a weakened circulatory system can't supply enough blood for quick healing.
All of this can come together to turn a small sore into a serious nonhealing wound shockingly quickly. In a diabetic, any type of wound or abnormality, including blisters, cuts, calluses, and corns, need prompt attention to prevent serious consequences.
Ultimately, regular diabetic foot care can reduce your lower limb amputation risk by 85%.
If you have a new foot problem, particularly nonhealing wounds, schedule an appointment at Forest Hills Family Foot Care right away. Beyond urgent diabetic foot care, you also need regular checkups at least twice a year. Dr. Mehl recommends a checkup schedule for your individual needs.
For diabetic foot care, call Forest Hills Family Foot Care or click the scheduling tool now.