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Diabetic Foot Care

Rahul Patel, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Rahul Patel, DPM, FACFAS

Board-Certified Podiatrist located in Flushing, Queens & Nomad, New York, NY

Dr. Patel can help diabetics from across New York City care for their feet, aiming to prevent any complications or issues that are common to people with diabetes. Patients can visit Dr. Patel at either of his offices in Flushing or Nomad, NY.

Diabetic Footcare Q&A

How Does Diabetes Affect a Person's’ Feet?

Diabetes causes an increase in blood sugar levels which, if not managed effectively, can damage nerves and blood vessels, especially in a diabetic’s extremities. As nerves become damaged, sensation is diminished, which makes it more difficult to notice or feel an injury like a cut or blister occur. At the same time, blood vessel damage can make it more difficult to heal following a cut, blister, or other injury. That means the feet are much more prone to serious infections, and it can be more difficult to get infections – even minor ones – under control. Eventually, an infection or lack of circulation to the toes and feet can result in amputation. The lack of sensation in the feet can also make a person more likely to lose balance and fall.

What Symptoms Indicate My Feet Might Be at Risk for Diabetes-Related Damage?

In addition to slow-healing sores, some of the other signs of diabetes-related foot problems include:

  • Nails that develop fungus
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles
  • Numbness or pain in the feet or toes
  • Corns and calluses that crack or bleed
  • Changes in the color or texture of the skin
  • Cracks in the skin, especially in the heel area
  • Changes in skin temperature of the feet or toes

Diabetics should check your feet every day to look for signs that could indicate a developing issue, and call Dr. Patel immediately to schedule an evaluation.

How can Dr. Patel Help Me Avoid Diabetic Foot Problems?

As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Patel can be a valuable member of your diabetes care team. He will provide regular foot exams, at least once each year, to look for signs of problems and treat them before they begin. He can also help you learn strategies to avoid foot problems and to spot issues in their earliest stages. If any complications do occur, he is highly experienced in treating diabetes related foot issues.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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Amerigroup insurance/Empire Blue Cross Health Plus
Amida Care
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Plus
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Multiplan, Inc.
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