Podiatrist Administered Foot Care
Many diabetics go to a podiatrist on a regular basis for examination and local care. Podiatrists view this visit as “diabetic surveillance,” a change to intervene a early in the process. While debriding the nails and callouses, you podiatrist has the opportunity to make sure that there are no developing issues such as a wound. They also can educate and remind you how to best care your feet. This is one avenue in which a podiatrist can be very effective, given their bio-mechanical expertise, they have an understanding on how to affload those calloused, pre-ulcerative areas and therefore help prevent ulcers from starting.
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Shoes For Prevention
Studies have shown two things:
- Prescription therapeutic shoes do prevent foot ulcers compared with nonprescritption shoes.
- Prescription shoes work better when they are worn by patients for a majority of their steps during the day.
How Do I Order My Diabetic Shoes
In order to get diabetic shoes, you first need to make an appointment to see if you qualify. If so, your podiatrist will measure you for shoes and scan your feet to make 3 pairs of custom inserts.
The Foot Care Center will then contact your primary care physician (MD or DO). They need to have seen managed your diabetes within the last 6 months.
Once we get the documentation back from your primary care physician, we order the shoes and at yout next appointment your podiatrist will fit them to your feet.
Did You Know?
Foot ulcers are sores on the feet that can involve just skin’s surface or can develop into more serious wounds. People with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, are particularly susceptible to foot ulcers. In fact, about 15 percent of all people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lives. Practicing good foot care can put the brakes on foot ulcers before they start.