If you have diabetes, good foot care matters. Diabetes makes people more prone to foot problems. These foot problems can range from dry skin to serious infections. Dr. Steventon Scott Wagner and Dr. Lynette Renae Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, provide diabetic foot care to their patients.
Reasons to Check Your Feet
People with diabetes are at high risk for serious foot complications. Foot-related complications account for 20 to 25 percent of all diabetes-related hospital admissions. Those foot complications can start as small cuts or cracks that are easily overlooked until it is too late. When inspecting, look for cracks, cuts, splinters and blisters on your feet. Immediately report any sores or skin changes to your doctor.
Diabetes-Related Foot Problems
A foot ulcer is a wound or sore that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to reduce the risk of complications. When left untreated, foot ulcers can lead to an amputation. Diabetes affects the flow of blood. Without good blood flow, it takes longer for cuts or sores to heal. If you have an infection that won't heal because of poor circulation, you are at risk for developing gangrene.
Reasons to See a Podiatrist in Columbus
Podiatrists provide a wide range of medical care for problems of the lower leg, foot and ankle. Podiatrists play an important role in helping diabetics manage their condition successfully and avoid foot-related complications. If you have diabetes, you should have a foot exam performed by a podiatrist at least once a year. A podiatrist can help you prevent most serious problems related to diabetes.
Taking good care of your feet can prevent problems before they start. Call University Foot Center at 614-488-9478 right now to schedule an appointment in Columbus, OH. Our outstanding podiatrists are dedicated to providing superior diabetic foot care to our patients.