FOOT AND ANKLE CARE: DIABETIC FOOT
NJ podiatrist Chad W. Rappaport, DPM, certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, utilizes diagnostic and treatment innovations to manage foot complications from diabetes. With extensive training and experience, Dr. Rappaport is uniquely qualified to provide effective diabetic foot care that alleviates pain and prevents further health problems.
Causes of Diabetic Foot
Elevated blood sugar levels from uncontrolled diabetes impair the immune system and damages organs, rendering the body unable to fight infections. Left unchecked, a small blister can quickly lead to serious foot problems and, in extreme cases, amputation.
- One of the complications from diabetes is nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy. Loss of feeling of pressure, temperature and trauma is problematic because diabetics are unaware when they have puncture wounds on their feet. Unattended cuts expose the patient to open sores and potentially life-threatening infection.
- Numbness can also put patients at risk for Charcot foot—a degenerative joint disease in which the bones disintegrate and fracture. Continuing to walk on the affected foot may result in more serious injuries that eventually warp the shape of the foot.
- Diabetes can cause poor circulation, which restricts the flow of nutrients and oxygen needed for natural repair. As a result, foot ulcers are slow to heal.
Care of Diabetic Foot
Diabetic patients should inspect their feet every day and undergo regular examinations with their podiatrist. All abnormalities and injuries—even the most minor—should be reported. New Jersey podiatric doctor Chad W. Rappaport, DPM, will recommend appropriate treatment options for diabetic foot. These may include:
- Proper-fitting footwear to maintain the integrity of the bone structure and improve circulation
- A total contact cast or a custom-walking boot to promote blood flow
- Surgical procedures to correct foot and ankle deformities
Dr. Rappaport offers a full range of specialized foot and ankle services at the state-of-the-art orthopedic facilities in Ridgewood and Franklin Lakes, and holds admission privileges at Patient Care Associates, LLC, Valley Hospital, Chilton Memorial Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. Personalized, world-class patient care is a top priority at Kayal Orthopaedic Center. We proudly serve patients residing in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County and Passaic County. Contact our NJ foot and ankle specialists to learn more about clubfoot treatment or to schedule your appointment.