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