Abscess
Achilles Tendonitis
Acute Gout Attack
Ankle Sprain
Athlete's Feet
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Cold Feet
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Diabetic Periodic Care
Dry Skin
Flat Feet
Foot Odor
Fungus Nails
Ganglionic Cysts
Gout
High Arches
Ingrown Nails
Limb Length Differences
Neuromas
Neuropathy
Orthotics
Osteomyelitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Warts
Pronation
Rheumatoid Nodules
Shin Splints
Soft Corns
Stress Fractures
Tailor's Bunionette
Tendonitis
Toe Fractures
Turf Toe
Ulcers
Wet Feet

Diabetic Periodic Care in Southfield

It is essential to thoroughly evaluate and periodically manage the diabetic patient. We know that diabetics can specifically have impaired circulation, reduced sensation, and a greater tendency to develop infections, ulcerations and other skin problems. Early detection, periodic monitoring, and judicious care are essential in the prevention and management of diabetic complications. The lower legs and feet are primary locations for these problems to occur. Professional care and supervision can be highly effective in minimizing the complication tendencies of patients with diabetes.

Periodic care for these patients can range from a simple examination of one's feet to more involved treatments of such problems as diabetic arthropathy (diabetic arthritis), peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling), vascular complications, and ulcerations. The podiatrist will examine the feet to make sure that there is adequate blood supply and sensation (feeling) to the feet. A decrease or loss in one or both can lead to infection and potentially more serious problems. In many cases, the podiatrist will involve by referral, other medical specialists to participate in the total team approach to managing the existing diabetic problems.

Many diabetics are seen by their foot specialists on a periodic basis for general foot care. It is important to keep the nails properly trimmed so that they do not become ingrown and cause infection. This is important as many diabetics can not fight infections as well as people without the disease. Also, the skin of diabetic patients is thinner and more susceptible to injury than that of non-diabetic persons. It is important to reduce the calluses to relieve pressure over the bony prominences of the feet. If there is too much callus build-up, the skin may break down and lead to an ulceration. An ulceration can become infected and possibly lead to more serious consequences requiring more involved care.

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