Caring for Diabetic Feet in Birdsboro, PA
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by the body’s inability to transport sugar from the blood to the cells. It causes blood vessels to thicken, reducing blood flow to the feet. Many diabetics develop foot or ankle problems caused by poor circulation and neuropathy, or loss of sensation. If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, you can develop cuts, scrapes, blisters or sores that you may not even notice.
Diabetics should consult a podiatrist, since minor foot problems can quickly escalate into serious infections. Left untreated, they can lead to foot ulcers and increase your risk of amputation. For immediate treatment of a skin abrasion, the wound should be kept clean with antiseptic medication prescribed by foot doctor Jeffrey Keating, DPM. Dr. Keating will also suggest ways to further reduce pressure and injury. Diabetics should talk to Dr. Keating before applying any over-the-counter medications or trimming nails, both of which may aggravate foot problems.
Experience with many nonsurgical treatment solutions
Dr. Jeffrey M. Keating offers over three decades of experience and training in diabetic foot and ankle care. He can help you stay as healthy as possible and prevent the complications often caused by diabetes. He will thoroughly examine your feet and ankles on a regular basis and provide effective nonsurgical treatments for any problems that arise.
Nonsurgical care can include:
- Custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to offset ulcers
- Walking braces
- Diabetic wound boots and VAC therapy
Help for hard-to-heal wounds
If you already have a wound on your foot or ankle that won’t heal, it’s time to visit Dr. Keating. He has helped many diabetics overcome especially hard-to-heal wounds. He uses leading-edge treatments and carefully monitors your progress until the wound is resolved. His preventive care will also help you avoid similar problems in the future.
Looking for gentle, personalized, high-quality diabetic podiatric care? Call foot and ankle doctor Jeffrey M. Keating, DPM, at 610.582.3668. Or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to reserve your personal consultation. Our diabetic patients come to us from Douglassville, Morgantown, Sinking Spring, Temple and Birdsboro.