Vish Ramcharitar B.Sc., D.Ch., Ph.D. – Chiropodist

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Diabetic Foot

Precision Footcare Service ImageAccording to the American Diabetes Association, about 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of the United States population) have diabetes. Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy) affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet or hands. Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation.

With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Many times a chiropodist or podiatrist is the first to diagnose diabetes, due to an issue that arises in the feet.

Your podiatry care at Precision Foot Care and Orthotic Centre is extremely important in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in those with diabetes. All those who are at risk for a problem should have that risk status assessed at least twice annually, and more if the risk is greater. Regular podiatry care is a key way to prevent problems from developing in those who are at risk.

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