For diabetes patients, getting diabetic foot care from a specialist is vital, as they can be more prone to serious conditions from poor wound healing, gangrene, and diabetic neuropathy. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey -- providing care for patients in the areas of Millburn, Livingston, Union, Springfield, Florham Park, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, and Summit -- experienced podiatrist Jay Bhuta, DPM, is a specialist in diabetic foot care services. Book your appointment online or by calling the office today.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage in your extremities, which may manifest in a variety of ways in your feet. Some signs you have diabetic feet include:
Diabetes can also interfere with your circulation, potentially causing a condition called peripheral vascular disease. This circulatory disorder may cause or contribute to symptoms like:
If you have any of the symptoms above, it's crucial that you see an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Bhuta as soon as possible to prevent serious long-term damage or even foot loss.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetes sufferers have comprehensive foot exams at least once a year, or more frequently if you have complications like slow-healing wounds, ulcers, or gangrene.
Dr. Bhuta recommends a personalized diabetes foot exam plan for every patient based on their medical history and needs.
To prevent diabetic foot complications, Dr. Bhuta recommends inspecting your feet daily. Regular foot care includes observing any symptoms, bathing your feet in lukewarm water, wearing clean socks, and cutting your toenails carefully. He also recommends quitting bad habits, like smoking, and maintaining regular foot exams.
If you have diabetic foot, Dr. Bhuta will customize your care to address the condition and symptoms you're experiencing. For problems like fungal nails, Dr. Bhuta can prescribe oral medication, topical treatments, and laser therapy.
Over 65,000 lower limb amputations happen in the United States every year because of diabetes complications. If you see Dr. Bhuta regularly for diabetic foot care and take action as soon as you notice warning signs of diabetic foot problems, you can avoid amputation, enjoy optimal foot health, and even have a better quality of life.
Diabetic foot problems don’t have to develop into serious problems if you have support from the Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey team. Use the online scheduler or call the office to make your diabetic foot care appointment now.