Diabetic Foot Specialist

Nippon Medical Office

Medical Center located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Hartsdale, NY

Blood sugar spikes associated with diabetes can damage tissues all over your body and lead to slow-healing wounds that, if left untreated, can become limb-threatening. If you have diabetes, skilled podiatrist James Tachibana, DPM offers comprehensive diabetic foot care at Nippon Medical Office in Midtown East (Manhattan) and Hartsdale, New York. Click on the online booking feature to schedule your diabetic foot evaluation or call either office to speak with a team member.

Diabetic Foot Q & A

Why is diabetic foot care important?

Roughly half of the foot amputations in the United States are caused by complications from diabetes. 

Diabetic foot care is essential to prevent limb-threatening wounds and to intervene early if you develop a foot condition. If you have diabetes, you need routine care to diagnose and treat:

  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Nail fungus
  • Foot ulcers

The issue when you have diabetes is that damage to vessels leads to very poor blood circulation, especially in your feet. This causes your skin to dry out, causing cracks and wounds to form easily. These wounds have a hard time healing.

The longer wounds stay open, the higher the likelihood that dangerous bacteria and other invaders can sneak in and cause an infection. 

Because of the high prevalence of nerve damage with diabetes, you might not feel the wound and it can become seriously infected without your knowledge.

When should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Since diabetes leads to so many complications and issues in your lower legs and feet, Dr. Tachibana encourages you to visit Nippon Medical Office anytime you experience any of the following issues:

  • Foot pain, soreness, or swelling
  • Redness or warmth to the touch
  • Blood or drainage in your socks
  • Numbness, tingling, or inflammation

These signs and symptoms indicate that you could have a diabetic foot wound forming, so you need to schedule a comprehensive diabetic foot care exam right away.

How often do I need diabetic foot care exams?

The podiatry team at Nippon Medical Office encourages you to come in for diabetic foot care exams once a year. 

If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes or have a history of poorly managed diabetes, Dr. Tachibana will recommend that you schedule diabetic foot exams twice a year or once a quarter.

Of course, anytime you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of a diabetic foot wound, you should come into Nippon Medical Office right away. Dr. Tachibana might recommend getting fitted for custom orthotics or diabetic shoes to prevent foot wounds.

Nippon Medical Office offers comprehensive diabetic foot care. Whether you’re due for a routine exam or need to be seen for a foot wound, book an appointment online or over the phone today.