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Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Richmond Podiatry Associates

Podiatry & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located in Staten Island, NY

For the more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes, proper foot care is imperative in order to avoid the serious and life-altering complications that stem from the disease. At Dr. Tek Footcare, Tekchand Thakurdial, DPM, offers comprehensive diabetic foot care that focuses on prevention, as well as state-of-the-art treatments for diabetic foot ulcers. For experienced diabetic foot care, call the office in Staten Island, New York, or use the online scheduler.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes is a chronic and systemic disease that affects how your body regulates the levels of glucose in your bloodstream. As these sugars build up, they compromise your circulation, especially in areas where your blood has to fight both distance and gravity — namely your feet.

Without proper circulation in your feet, your nerves can become damaged, leading to a condition called diabetic neuropathy. This nerve damage can cause pain and numbness in your feet, as well as diabetic ulcers that are slow to heal. 

Unfortunately, 5% of diabetics in the United States develop foot ulcers each year, and 1% of these cases end in amputation.

To avoid this outcome, it’s important that you seek the expertise of a podiatrist such as Dr. Tek.

What happens if a foot ulcer develops?

If you develop a foot ulcer or you’ve wounded your foot, Dr. Tek jumps into action in order to speed up healing and fight off infection. To do this, he turns to an innovative therapy called UltraMIST®. This system produces a low energy, ultrasound-generated mist that Dr. Tek uses to promote healing through cleansing and maintenance debridement (removing fibrin, yellow slough, tissue exudates, and bacteria). With UltraMIST, Dr. Tek is often able to speed healing of your diabetic ulcer 2-3 times faster than you’d experience with no treatment.

Another effective treatment for diabetic foot wounds is the use of a hyperbaric chamber, which is a special unit that delivers pure oxygen into your system. By taking in pure oxygen, your wounds heal more quickly and fight off infection more effectively.

How should I take care of my feet when I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, Dr. Tek works with you on a solid prevention plan that will help you avoid irreparable damage to your feet. This plan includes:

  • Gently washing, drying, and inspecting your feet daily
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes
  • Never going barefoot
  • Always keeping your feet dry (no sweaty socks, etc.)
  • Trimming your toenails carefully

Dr. Tek guides you in your at-home care while also providing expert oversight of your feet at his practice. He also works with your primary care provider to ensure that you have the right medications to manage your diabetes.

For comprehensive and experienced diabetic foot care, call Dr. Tek Footcare or use the online scheduling tool.