What's New at Foot Care Associates...
Some exciting advancements are taking place in 2010 at Foot Care Associates. For the past few months, our doctors have been working hard to implement a system that will allow them to be on the cutting edge of preventative care for our diabetic patients.
With this goal in mind, we have initiated Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exams (CDFE). The goal of the CDFE is to find any changes in your feet as early as possible. This program is strongly recommended by the American Diabetes Association as well as Medicare.
Nerve damage, poor circulation, and trouble fighting infections can make foot problems serious for people with diabetes. Nerve damage makes the skin and nails susceptible to injury. Healing is often slowed down or more difficult for people with diabetes. Skin breakdown can lead to chronic foot ulcers (long standing open sores). In most cases, proper care of your feet can prevent ulcers and the risk of amputation.
Each diabetic patient is given a risk rating depending on their condition allowing the doctor to better monitor their progress and potential problems. This exam, although quick and simple to perform, is crucial to keeping our diabetic patients healthy.
Your Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) will be completely pain free and will check:
- Your circulatory status - to determine if you might have PAD (peripheral artery disease)
- Your nerve sensations - to determine if you have peripheral neuropathy
- Your shoe fit - to prevent shoe related injuries
- Your foot structure and pressure points - to determine any potential site of skin breakdown.
The findings of your CDFE will be forwarded to your primary care physician.