Diabetic Foot Specialist

Michael Galoyan, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Metropolitan Podiatry

Michael Galoyan, DPM

Podiatrist located in Middle Village, NY

Nerve damage and poor circulation to the feet because of diabetes can cause weakness, abnormal sensitivity, foot ulcers, and pain. Michael Galoyan, DPM, at Metropolitan Podiatry has specialized training in diabetic limb salvage techniques to treat and prevent diabetic foot conditions. Serving the Queens community in Middle Village, New York, Dr. Galoyan offers routine diabetic care and peripheral neuropathy treatments to improve your foot health. If you have diabetes or diabetic foot problems, call Metropolitan Podiatry Middle Village, New York, or schedule an appointment online to learn more today.

Diabetic Foot

What causes diabetic foot conditions?

When you have diabetes, it can damage your nervous system — causing neuropathy. Diabetes can also negatively affect your blood circulation. Neuropathy and poor circulation increase your risk of developing foot problems.

Neuropathy

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, between 60% and 70% of people with diabetes have diabetic neuropathy.

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, makes it difficult to feel sensations in your feet and toes and notice foot injuries and discomfort. When you’re unaware of these conditions, a small injury can worsen and lead to an infection.

Neuropathy can also lead to foot changes and deformities that require therapeutic shoes.

Poor circulation

If you have poor blood circulation to your feet, it can be harder for them to heal and fight infection. This condition also increases your risk of sustaining burns because your feet have less sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Poor circulation can be especially dangerous when combined with neuropathy.

What are common diabetic foot conditions?

Untreated foot conditions in men and women with diabetes can become serious. Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations performed in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some common diabetic foot conditions include:

  • Blisters: up to six inches in diameter
  • Calluses and corns: thickened skin patches cause or cover deep wounds
  • Foot ulcers: damaged skin exposes underlying tissues to infection

How can you avoid diabetic foot problems?

Dr. Galoyan has specialized podiatry training in diabetic foot care and diabetic limb salvage techniques. These treatments treat and prevent diabetic foot problems that might otherwise lead to non-traumatic limb amputation.

The specialized services Dr. Galoyan provides for diabetic foot care include:

  • Checking your feet for deformities, sores, cracks, and signs of infection
  • Checking for signs of nerve damage and reduced circulation
  • Trimming toenails and recommending skin softening creams
  • Removing calluses, corns, and other potential foot condition
  • Recommending orthotics or shoes to prevent pressure point irritation
  • Whirlpool treatments to remove dead or infected foot tissue

 

Call Metropolitan Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about diabetic foot care treatments.

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