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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
 

November is National Diabetes Month and here at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Specialists we want to remind our patients with diabetes of some important information on avoiding sores and ulcers on the feet. Sores are particularly dangerous for diabetics because of the weakened immune system which makes infections difficult to heal. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a common condition that develops over time in patients with diabetes. This neuropathy or nerve damage affects motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves and can have serious consequences with regard to the formation of sores from all three:

Motor Nerves—control muscles and damage to these nerves decreases strength and tone. This can lead to deformities such as bunions or hammertoes which can result in sores when shoes rub against the toes in these deformed areas.

Sensory Nerves—let you feel changes in temperature, pain, and other sensations of discomfort. Damage to these nerves makes it difficult to detect injuries or cuts that can allow bacteria to enter and start an infection in a timely manner.

Autonomic Nerves—enable the body to perform involuntary functions, as in perspiring. When the sweat glands do not function, skin on the foot tends to become overly dry and crack, leading to an increased incidence of foot sores.

Scheduling regular check-ups with one of our board certified doctors, Christopher J. Mullin or Jessica A. Addeo, is an essential step in avoiding diabetic foot problems. Your podiatrist is your partner in diabetic foot health.  Together, you can develop a care plan that includes healthy habits such as: washing, drying, and moisturizing feet daily; choosing socks and shoes that encourage circulation and avoid irritating the skin; trimming toenails properly. This will go a long way toward preventing sores and ulcers from forming on your feet.

If you are a patient with diabetes, be sure to inspect your feet daily and contact our Aberdeen office immediately if you notice any changes in shape, temperature, feeling, or if you notice any cuts or sores forming on the feet.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen