Diabetes is becoming more common each day and has reached epidemic proportions. Dr. Marc Katz, a Tampa podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry discusses the basics of the foot and diabetes. The foot can commonly develop problems that may be associated with diabetes or can become more complex since you have diabetes. The key is prevention and early recognition of problems associated with diabetes before they become severe. If you have diabetes, we recommend an exam by a podiatrist on a regular basis to avoid complications.
Hi this is Dr. Marc Katz in Tampa at Advanced Podiatry and today we’re going to talk about diabetes and your feet. This is a very, very important topic. You probably know someone that has diabetes. You may have diabetes, a family member or friend but everyone has come into contact with someone with diabetes. Diabetes is not only affecting the body, but it has a very profound effect on your feet.
One of the things that happen with diabetes is sometimes you can have some decreased circulation to your feet. You can have the nerves affected which can cause a numbness or even pain and burning and tingling. We call that neuropathy. You can develop something like a small ingrown toenail, just on the edge of the nail. That can turn into a pretty major infection; even an infection that can go into the bone. It’s really very important that if you have diabetes that you see a podiatrist on a regular basis. Certainly you should see a podiatrist if you experience any problem at all; even if you think it’s minor.
The thing to know about this is that if you don’t take good care of your feet that you can have all kinds of complications.
If you have diabetes. You need to go see a podiatrist. That is really the big message because you don’t want to have your feet cause you trouble because you have a whole lifetime to use these feet. Your podiatrist is going to be your best source for not only diagnosing problems in your feet but treating your feet. Helping you with special arch supports, special shoes that are actually not bad looking shoes or anything. There are actually some very nice looking shoes out there that have extra padding inside that will help you.
Tampa Bay area we urge you to come see us at 813-875-0555, that’s contact us. You can find us on the web at www.thetampapodiatrist.com. For more information about diabetes check us out on that website or come in and have an exam and we’ll take care of you. Have a great day.