New Canaan Podiatry
Jennifer Tauber, DPM
Podiatrist located in New Canaan, CT
Having diabetes can increase your risk of skin issues, including slow-healing wounds and limb-threatening ulcers. As a specially trained diabetes foot care expert, board-certified podiatrist Jennifer Tauber, DPM, of New Canaan Podiatry can help you prevent serious complications and treat any wounds you may have. Book your diabetes foot care evaluation at this New Canaan, Connecticut, podiatry practice by clicking the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly to schedule.
Diabetic Foot Care
Why do I need to see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?
As you probably know, diabetes causes a host of complications due to ongoing blood sugar fluctuations. Oftentimes, your feet are overlooked. The reason foot problems arise and become quite serious when you have diabetes is because you’re prone to circulatory problems and vein damage, as well as nerve damage.
Because it’s even harder than normal for blood to circulate in and out of your lower extremities, skin cells don’t get the nutrients they need to thrive. This causes your skin to dry out, crack open, and grow more susceptible overall to injuries.
But again, the lack of blood flow means that when a wound occurs, even if it’s seemingly minor, it’s going to heal very slowly. Since wounds are more likely to stay open for excessive periods, you’re prone to developing infections, which can ultimately lead to limb-threatening diabetic ulcers.
When should I schedule a diabetes foot care exam?
Diabetes foot care involves preventive measures, in addition to treatments for wounds, ulcers, or any other issues you may face. At New Canaan Podiatry, Dr. Tauber typically wants you to come in once a year for preventive diabetic foot exams. She might suggest more frequent visits if you have poorly managed diabetes or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
Outside of these routine diabetic foot care exams, there are still times when you need to come into New Canaan Podiatry. Schedule an exam if you experience:
- Foot pain, numbness, or tingling
- Blood or drainage in your socks
- Joint pain or stiffness
These are just some of the warning signs of wounds and other problems diabetics face that require immediate medical intervention.
Which types of diabetic foot care treatments do I need?
When you visit New Canaan Podiatry for your diabetic foot care exam, Dr. Tauber evaluates your feet and ankles thoroughly. She also performs a head-to-toe exam and talks with you about your overall health. If you have any foot wounds or other concerning issues, Dr. Tauber may recommend any of the following remedies:
- Diabetic shoes
- Custom orthotics
- Toenail trimming
- Wound debridement
- Oral or topical medications for infections
Dr. Tauber focuses on treating you as a whole, not just the feet you walk in on. She can partner with your primary care physician or another provider to ensure your diabetes management plan is on track. Your entire diabetic foot care plan at New Canaan Podiatry is personalized to you.
Schedule your diabetes foot care exam at New Canaan Podiatry today. Request an appointment online or call the office directly to book.