Diabetes and Your Legs
Daniel Cunningham is experienced with Diabetic foot care and will make a valuable member to your care team. He has a vast experience with monitoring for foot risk factors, early diagnosis of vascular disease, custom footwear, pressure offloading devices and diagnosis/management of peripheral neuropathy.
Diabetes is a systemic disease affecting many different parts of the body, therefore requiring a team approach. A podiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team and has a proven track record in successfully preventing amputations. The key to amputation prevention in diabetic patients is early recognition and regular foot screenings from a podiatrist.
There are warning signs that you should be aware of so that they may be identified and called to the attention of the family physician or podiatrist. They include:
- Skin color changes
- Elevation in skin temperature
- Swelling of the foot or ankle
- Pain in the legs
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
- Ingrown and fungal toenails
- Corns and calluses
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel