Diabetes leads to widespread circulatory problems, skin issues, and nerve damage, so even minor wounds on your feet can quickly become serious. As a board-certified podiatrist with extensive training in diabetic foot care, Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS, of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic can help you manage your condition. Dr. Kalish provides comprehensive foot and ankle care for diabetics in Sandy Springs and Jonesboro, Georgia. Click the online scheduler to book your exam, or call the practice directly.
Blood sugar surges from diabetes affect more than your vital organs. With diabetes, diminished blood circulation means that your skin isn’t getting the supply of the nutrients it needs to thrive. As a result, your skin dries out rather quickly, which can lead to cracks and wounds that develop easily.
What’s particularly dangerous when these minor open sores develop is that diabetes also damages nerves, meaning you might not be able to feel that you have a wound. Since your skin already can’t get the nutrients it needs quickly enough, seemingly minor cuts can become infected.
In severe cases, these skin infections turn into serious ulcers that can continue to worsen. If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can lead to an amputation.
It’s important to see a podiatrist if you have diabetes for two primary reasons: preventive care and wound treatment. At Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic, Dr. Kalish recommends annual checkups to examine your feet and make sure you’re following proper foot care steps at home (like trimming your nails).
If you have poorly managed diabetes, are a new diabetic, or have a history of diabetic wounds, Dr. Kalish could recommend more frequent visits, such as two to three times per year. Outside of your preventive care exams, it’s important to schedule a visit with Dr. Kalish if you:
These are all warning signs that a diabetic foot ulcer could be developing, which requires prompt medical treatment.
Your diabetic foot care exam at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic involves having a discussion with Dr. Kalish. He wants to know all about your health, including details about your diabetes. During your visit, he may:
Of course, if you have any current wounds, he can treat those during your exam, too. Dr. Kalish is thorough and wants to ensure you learn to manage your diabetes and avoid serious foot wounds.
You can get all of your comprehensive diabetic foot care needs met at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Book your diabetes evaluation either online or over the phone.