Diabetic Footcare Specialist

Manhattan Footcare

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Brooklyn, NY & Midtown East, New York, NY

Because diabetics have such a high risk of developing serious infections from foot wounds, routine diabetic foot care is important. If you have diabetes, caring podiatrists Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, of Manhattan Footcare in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City, offer diabetic foot care evaluations. Book your diabetic foot care exam online or over the phone today.

Diabetic Footcare Q & A

Why do I need diabetic foot care?

With diabetes, you have a high risk of developing severe infections from small wounds that would likely heal otherwise. Diabetes causes complications all over your body, with blood circulation being one of the most common issues.

Poor blood circulation can lead to delayed and limited wound healing. And when a wound does occur, it can be more susceptible to becoming infected.

To make matters worse, poor circulation associated with diabetes can damage nerves. Because this can impact the sensations you feel in your feet, you might not be able to tell when you have a wound unless you see it. If you have diabetes, building a lasting relationship with a trusted podiatrist is important for preventing serious ulcers and infections.

What happens during a diabetic foot care exam?

During your diabetic foot care exam, your dedicated podiatrist will sit down with you and discuss all of your health concerns. They’ll spend time thoroughly evaluating the health of your feet and ankles and looking for indications of wounds or injuries. Depending on your health and whether or not you have any developing diabetic wounds, your exam may include:

  • Reflex check
  • Blood sugar evaluation
  • Range-of-motion evaluation
  • X-ray or ultrasound imaging

As long as you’re in good overall health and don’t have any concerns that need monitoring, it’s usually best to have a diabetic foot care exam at Manhattan Footcare annually, or as recommended.

How are diabetic wounds treated?

If you have a diabetic foot wound, Dr. Menna and Dr. Pace can treat you right in the office. Your diabetic wound treatment may include:

  • Cleaning and bandaging
  • Applying topical medicines
  • Removing dead or damaged skin tissue
  • Taking antibiotic medications if you have an infection

Taking pressure off of your diabetic foot wound can also help it heal. After cleaning your wound, Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace may recommend getting your foot fitted for custom orthotics. These specialized shoe inserts can provide support in just the right areas, so you won’t put pressure on your wound while it’s healing.

To get your diabetic foot care evaluation, book an appointment online or over the phone at Manhattan Footcare today.