Dr. Jeffrey Glaser from the Ryan Foot & Ankle Clinic talks about specialized foot care for diabetics.
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Diabetic foot care Dr. Jeffery Glaser: Diabetic typically comes to us for the term diabetic foot care and with that constitute is terminals -- treating ulcerations which are sores that develop on the feet we also try to, the fit patients for diabetics issues protect their feet if they are at a risk of developing ulcerations or sores on the feet we also screen patients for arterial circulation we also refer to as prefer arterial disease, those are the typical conditions that we see diabetics for also we deal with diabetics patients that develop ingrown tunnels which are not a direct consequence of being a diabetic but are verily common in diabetic patients. Question: Why do diabetics need specialized footcare? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: 60-70% of diabetic patients will develop some form neuropathy through out their life's and like I learn too early of the sensory of neuropathy basically patients lose sensation in their feet, when they lose sensation in their foot they are not able to feel certain conditions that develop on their bottom of their foots such as a callus, a callus can lead to a sore which can lead to an infection which will end up they get amputation. A serious situation Dr. Jeffery Glaser: I have seen cases were patients have walked in the office with different types of foreign objects in their foots such as a piece of wood, a needle, glass so these are things that typically will set up the major type of infection that in typically when diabetic patients have the lack in neuropathy lack of sensation of the feet they also have issues with healing wounds also they typically do not mount any type of fever like symptoms were common in known that vacations that would engage in infection, so typically when they do come to us in this situations is a very serious situation.