Diabetic Foot

Premier Foot & Ankle Center

Jade Gittens, D.P.M.

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Somerset, NJ

If you’re diabetic, you have an increased risk of circulatory problems, which can leave you more vulnerable to foot wounds and ulcers. Leading board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, of Premier Foot & Ankle Center offers comprehensive diabetic foot care right in her Somerset, New Jersey, clinic. Book your evaluation by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling the office.

Diabetic Foot Q & A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

The surge of blood sugar that can occur when you have diabetes damages cells and tissues throughout your body, including in vital organs, as well as in veins and arteries. Overall blood circulation could be impacted, decreasing oxygen and nutrient delivery that are essential for healing. When you’re diabetic, you’re also more likely to have a weakened immune system.

Diabetes can even lead to permanent nerve damage and can make it difficult for you to tell if you have a foot wound or ulcer. Plus, you’re going to have less sweat and oil secretion than normal, which can contribute to abnormal pressure on your foot skin and, ultimately, sores develop.

This combination of issues can leave diabetics prone to serious foot wounds that may never heal if left untreated. It’s important for you to build a lifelong relationship with a trusted podiatrist to help you manage your diabetic foot care plan.

When should I see a doctor for a foot wound?

Diabetes is the leading cause of lower extremity amputations — not related to trauma — in the United States. The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that about 15% of diabetics develop a foot ulcer or wound, usually on the sole of their foot.

Roughly 6% of those patients are hospitalized due to a serious infection or complication. Needless to say, checking your feet daily and visiting Dr. Gittens at Premier Foot & Ankle Center at least once a year to monitor circulation and assess nerve function are essential to prevent complications. You should also see Dr. Gittens right away if your wound is:

  • Red, tender, or swollen
  • Getting worse
  • Leaking pus or fluid

If you have a fever, too, it could be a sign that you have a serious infection and you need a thorough evaluation right away.

How are diabetic foot wounds treated?

Diabetic foot care involves treating any acute wounds, preventing future wounds, and collaborating with your health care provider to ensure your blood sugar is under control. Dr. Gittens helps you with all of this during your visits.

Treating diabetic ulcers and foot wounds involve:

  • Cleaning and applying topical medicine
  • Prescribing antibiotics (if needed)
  • Removing dead skin tissue (debridement)
  • Off-loading, or taking pressure off the wound with orthotics or special shoes

Once your wound is under control, Dr. Gittens teaches you lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk of future issues.

You can get comprehensive diabetic foot care at Premier Foot & Ankle Center. Request an evaluation either online or over the phone.