Diabetes services offered in Cranford, Wallington and Fort Lee, NJ

Diabetes increases your risk of foot problems like calluses, slow-healing wounds, and nerve damage (neuropathy). Routine podiatry care reduces your risk of these and other complications. At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, experienced podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Chester Klimek, DPM, provides diabetic foot care to people of all ages. Dr. Klimek’s knowledge and expertise reduce the risk of diabetes complications and keep your blood sugar in the healthy range. Call the Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle office in Cranford, Wallington, or Fort Lee, New Jersey, today to schedule diabetes treatment, or book your appointment online.

How does diabetes affect the feet?

Diabetes is a group of diseases that affects how the body uses blood sugar. Specifically, it causes blood sugar levels to remain higher than normal, increasing the risk of health problems like nerve damage and slow-healing wounds.

Without preventive care, diabetes often causes foot and ankle problems. It affects blood flow to your feet and increases your risk of infection if you cut yourself or get a diabetic ulcer. Professional diabetes care with Dr. Klimek ensures that your feet, toes, and ankles stay healthy.

When should I see a podiatrist about diabetes?

Visit a podiatrist like Dr. Klimek at least once a year if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Regular checkups at Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle allow Dr. Klimek to catch potential problems early and prevent them from getting worse.

What happens during a podiatry appointment for diabetes?

At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, Dr. Klimek tailors diabetes care to each person’s needs.

First, he asks which form of diabetes you have and your symptoms, including what you do to manage your blood sugar. Dr. Klimek examines your lower legs, ankles, feet, and toes, checking for skin discoloration, hair loss, and/or open wounds.

He presses on your feet and toes with different tools to check for numbness, tingling, and/or sensitivity. Then, Dr. Klimek orders bloodwork and urinalysis and completes diagnostic imaging like an MRI or ultrasound to check for nerve damage.

After assessing the severity of your diabetes and its effects on your feet, Dr. Klimek makes personalized treatment recommendations.

How are diabetes-related foot problems treated?

Dr. Klimek takes an integrative and minimally invasive approach to treating diabetes-related foot problems. He could suggest:

  • Wearing compression socks to increase blood flow to your feet
  • Draining fluid or pus from diabetic ulcers
  • Taking oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics
  • Checking your feet daily for changes
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Keeping your toenails trimmed and filed
  • Wearing diabetic shoes

Undergoing regular professional diabetes foot care prevents infections and promotes healing.

Most people with diabetes benefit from two or more treatments. Dr. Klimek monitors you at regular checkups and adjusts your care plan when needed.

Call the nearest Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle office today to schedule diabetes foot care, or book your appointment online.