Why You Need a Board Certified Podiatrist on Your Diabetes Care Team

If you’re one of more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes, you may already realize how important it is to have a diverse, knowledgeable team of doctors and health care professionals who specialize in diabetes management. Your diabetes care team is with you each step of the way, monitoring your overall health and wellness and helping you reach your goals, stay active, and eat well.

Because November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, our team of experts at Progressive Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, explain why you need a board-certified podiatrist on your diabetes care team. When you have a complete contingent of physicians working to keep you healthy, you can reduce your reliance on medications and improve your quality of life.

The well-rounded diabetes care team

With a diverse group of skilled providers working with you to manage your diabetes, you have the advantage of taking control of your disease from a variety of health perspectives. The American Diabetes Association recommends you have a variety of medical professionals, including a podiatrist, to help you manage every aspect of your diabetes.

Of course, you are one of the most important members of your diabetes care team, because you must take an active role every day, getting enough exercise, eating right, and tracking your glucose levels and symptoms so your team can best assist you.

The American Diabetes Association recommends you include:

Because diabetes can affect your health in numerous ways, having an expert for each of these aspects on your care team can make a significant difference in your overall health from head to toe.

The correlation between diabetes and podiatry

Podiatrists understand how diabetes can affect your feet and cause problems such as diabetic ulcers and nerve damage. Because podiatrists have specialized knowledge of feet and ankles, they know best how to treat foot problems associated with diabetes.

Men and women with diabetes typically experience circulatory problems in their extremities, simply because your blood has to travel further to get to your feet and toes. When you have diabetes, you run the risk of damaging veins in your extremities as a result of repeated spikes in your blood sugar levels. If left untreated, you may end up with permanent nerve damage and less sensitivity to pain or discomfort in your feet.

Once you have nerve damage and you get a minor cut in your foot, for example, you may not be able to feel it. From there, it can turn into an infected foot ulcer and cause additional health complications, including affecting your immune system.

Routine checkups with your podiatrist are essential

Seeing a board-certified podiatrist regularly can ensure that you and your feet stay healthy and that any signs of foot ulcers are detected and treated at first sight. Each diabetic foot care appointment with your podiatrist at Progressive Podiatry includes a physical exam and a comprehensive nerve and sensation check. Additionally, if you do have any signs of diabetic ulcers, your doctor treats them and counsels you on how to prevent them.

Dr. Evan Breth and Dr. Neha Khanna also treat corns, calluses, or other conditions you may have on your feet, ankles, and lower legs — before those issues have a chance to become more serious health concerns. If you don’t already have a board-certified podiatrist on your diabetes care team, now is a great time to establish a relationship with a specialist near you.

 

We invite you to call our office or book a consultation online. If you live in Park Slope or the surrounding Brooklyn communities, we look forward to becoming part of your diabetes care team.

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