Queens Diabetic Foot Care
Learn about how our podiatric specialists can help you manage diabetic risks and symptoms
Diabetes, a condition that prevents your body from creating or processing a sufficient amount of insulin, can have devastating consequences for your foot health. This risk mainly stems from diabetic damage to organ systems and bodily functions over time, which can lead you to develop medical problems such as peripheral vascular disease and nerve damage.
Peripheral vascular disease (also known as peripheral artery disease or PAD) can occur when blood vessels become restricted or experience spasms. The affected blood vessels transport blood from the heart to other parts of your body; in most cases, the main affected areas are the feet and legs. Diabetes can cause a variety of different issues, including atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, that may lead to PAD.
Diabetic nerve damage (also known as diabetic neuropathy), similarly to PAD, often occurs as a result of damage to blood vessels. In this case, the affected blood vessels transport blood to the body’s nerves; when this blood flow is disrupted, the nerves fail to transmit signals back to the brain due to nerve fiber damage, leading to a loss of sensation in the affected part of the body. This damage is irreversible, though its symptoms are treatable.
Working with a podiatrist is essential to managing your diabetic foot care needs. Blood vessel blockages and loss of sensation in the feet and legs can lead to severe complications, including traumatic injuries, infections, and amputation. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Podiatry Department can identify and treat diabetes-related podiatric problems before they have an opportunity to worsen and negatively impact your quality of life.
Certain signs may indicate that it is time to schedule an appointment. If you notice skin discoloration, foot or ankle swelling, foot numbness, pain in the leg or ankle, open or slow-healing sores, or bleeding calluses, blisters, or bunions, visit a podiatrist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Schedule an appointment with our Queens diabetic foot care specialists
Address: 89-06 135 St, Jamaica, NY, 11418
Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM