Diabetic foot examination
Dr. Miller has extensive experience in preventing, treating, and lecturing about foot complications resulting from diabetes. Check our testimonials to read how well our patients feel.
The effects of diabetes on feet
Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease that is caused by high levels of sugar in the blood. When diabetes is not properly controlled, damage can occur to the feet in many ways:
• Impaired nerves - with lack of normal sensation, feet become more susceptible to injury.
• Reduced blood flow - poor healing is a serious concern.
• Skin changes - dry skin cracks open like the desert floor.
• Deformities develop - bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet may require special footwear.
• Toenails thicken - nails become more susceptible to fungus.
• Impairment of the immune system - infections are more common and harder to cure.
It is important to recognize diabetic-related problems early to avoid more serious complications. Feet should be examined daily, paying special attention to the area between your toes. A mirror or family member may be necessary to properly inspect the bottom of feet. If you notice any cuts, scrapes, blisters or sores, notify a podiatrist immediately.
To help prevent complications, we provide stylish and protective shoes and inserts to many diabetic patients. Medicare and many private insurance companies recognize the benefits and often provide these at little or no cost to the patient. As with most of our services, this is done in the convenience of our office.
Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
9933 Lawler Ave., Suite 315
Skokie, Illinois 60077