Diabetic foot management should never be considered a cosmetic “pedicure” type treatment. This is a proven cost effective and beneficial treatment that saves people from hospitalization, infection and even amputation.
Is Diabetic Foot Management a Covered Benefit?
Absolutely, this is a covered benefit by almost every single insurance.
This is proven to help reduce hospitalization and infections.
Most insurances can cover diabetic shoes and inserts to prevent further infection and deformity.
Diabetic Foot Management by a Podiatrist:
A podiatrist is a physician who has performed a minimum of 4 year undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical training, 3 years of surgical and medical hospital based residency training, possibly a fellowship training period and is board certified in foot & ankle surgery!
We have extensive training in diabetes and diabetic management.
We are extremely proud of the training our physicians have accomplished.
What is Diabetic Foot Care?
Diabetes can damage nerves in your feet and cause “peripheral neuropathy”, a condition that causes numbness, pain or loss of sensitivity in your extremities. Diabetes can also affect your body’s ability to heal properly from cuts or blisters because of changes in blood flow to your feet.
An initial risk stratification and regular checkups with your podiatrist will protect your feet and keep them healthy.
If you notice any problems such as redness, blisters, cracks, or breaks in your skin keep the area clean and schedule an appointment. Stop these problems before they get worse!
Fungal toenails, are caused by an infection underneath the surface of the nail.
Fungus can turn the nail yellow or brown in color while making it thicker. Debris can also collect beneath the nail plate and may make it painful to walk or run. (Fungal toe nails may or may not be painful while they are still an active infection).
We can perform a test to identify the type(s) of infection and determine the best treatment option for your case.
Treatments many include prescription topical medication, prescription oral medication and trimming of the toenails.
It is important to seek treatment for this condition to avoid complications from an infection and the spread of the fungus to other nails on your hands or feet.
Diabetic shoes and inserts are covered by most major insurances.
This is an essential benefit that can decrease your changes of ulcer formation and infection.