People with diabetes often need special care for their feet. Damaged blood vessels and poor circulation, along with a loss of sensation due to peripheral neuropathy, means that people with diabetes risk incurring problems that can lead to amputation. At Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, you can get the special care you need for your feet from Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein. Residents of the Inwood-Washington Heights and Rockland County area of New York can call the office or use the online booking tool to benefit from their compassion and expertise.
Diabetes puts you at specific risk for foot pain. For example, you’re more vulnerable to the burning pain of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Peripheral neuropathy -- which is characterized by numbness in your feet, hands, and limbs -- can also mask pain and injury.
People with diabetes should inspect their feet daily. Always examine your foot for any sores, redness, or blisters, as neuropathy — diabetic nerve damage — can hide the pain or discomfort of these conditions.
You can also develop ulcers or sores that don’t heal and lead to severe infections. Gangrene — dead tissue caused by infection — is a considerable problem for people with diabetes and can lead to sepsis and even amputation.
Early treatment of issues can help your feet stay healthy and prevent problems from growing severe.
Regularly having a podiatrist regularly inspect your feet can uncover issues you may miss with self-inspection. Plus, Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein can help you choose shoes that fit correctly, which can prevent serious foot problems.
The right shoes can relieve areas of excessive pressure, preventing blisters or ulcers. They also reduce shock on the bottom of your feet and accommodate any deformities, such as hammertoes and loss of fatty tissue.
Special shoes help relieve pain, improve your foot stability, and reduce inflammation. They offer a higher, wider toe box so that your toes are less likely to rub against one another and cause blisters.
Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein can help you find shoes appropriate for your diabetic feet. The doctors may also recommend prescription shoes or orthotics to address specific issues with your feet or ankles so you can avoid surgery. Corrections include foot pads, shoe inserts, and ankle braces. Often, orthotics and shoes are custom-molded to fit your foot shape and specific needs.
If you have diabetes, don’t hesitate to contact Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC online or by phone.