Avoid complications from diabetes! Find specialized diabetic footcare, wound care and learn more about the disease. Education is vital in order to avoid complications.
Diabetic patients must pay attention to their feet as problems may occur as a result of either circulation or nerve changes. Learn more about living with diabetes.
Here are some foot complications that diabetic patients may encounter and some possible treatment options that are available by your Chiropodist/Podiatrist.
Callus – This is an area of thickened skin where excessive pressure and friction exists due to abnormal biomechanics. If left untreated these lesions may bleed under the skin causing tissue breakdown, and possible infection. Treatment consists of simple debridement of the callus and pressure relieving padding or insoles/orthotics to address biomechanical abnormalities.
Corns – Unlike callus that is diffuse, corns are an excessive skin buildup in a localized area usually with a hard central core. Some possible causes are abnormal foot biomechanics and improper footwear. Management includes simple debridement and deflective padding or insoles/orthotics to address any biomechanical problems.
Ingrown Toenails – This occurs when a spike from the side of the nail starts to grow into the surrounding skin. This usually results from improper nail cutting or tight footwear. Treatment options include footwear education, reshaping the nail or nail surgery procedures for permanent resolution of persistent ingrown nails.
Tell your physician, general practitioner or health care provider… the office of J. Richard Werkman in Oakville provides professional diabetic footcare along with treatment and surgery for ingrown toenails.
Ulcers – Are open wounds due to circulation problems, lack of sensation, or pressure. Management consists of evaluation, debridement, and appropriate dressings, deflective padding or orthotics may be necessary.
Any of the above conditions, if left untreated, may result in serious complications requiring more aggressive therapies and/or hospitalization.
If you are living with Diabetes, you are special! Make an appointment for specialized diabetic footcare and education from a Chiropodist/Podiatrist in your area today.
A doctor’s referral is not required to see a Chiropodist/Podiatrist. Make your appointment today or call 905.845.4817.