Dr. E. Charisse Dunn D.P.M.
5610 PGA Blvd., Suite 212
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Diabetic Care

Diabetic Foot Care:

Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by an inability to handle high levels of sugar in the blood. It can also decrease the body's ability to fight off infections. If left uncontrolled, damage can occur to the internal organs as well as the immune system.

When the nervous system is affected, a condition known as Peripheral Neuropathy can develop, causing loss of sensation to the feet and occasionally the hands. The normal sweating process is also affected with diabetes, leading to abnormal pressures on the skin, bones, and joints. This scenario can lead to a break down of the skin of the foot, causing ulceration and possibly amputation if left untreated. Prevention is critical in diabetics so that changes can be recognized early before problems occur.

There are several risk factors that can increase the chances of developing diabetic foot problems and infections in the legs and feet. Uncontrolled blood sugars, poorly fitting shoes, walking barefoot or with only socks on, and ignoring red spots, blisters, corns, and calluses are some of the most common factors. It has been proven that protective shoe gear has been effective in preventing skin breakdown and ulceration. In light of this, diabetic shoes are now a covered service by Medicare.

Regular preventive foot care by the Podiatrist is the first step to protecting the diabetic foot from potential complications. Diabetes requires a medical team approach for the best patient care. This team consists of the Primary Care Doctor and/or Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, Ophthalmologist, and Podiatrist, all working together for the best outcome.