Diabetes Specialist

Family Foot Care

Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Berkeley Heights, NJ & Hackettstown, NJ

Between 60-70% of diabetics have nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy. In most cases, diabetic neuropathy affects the feet, which is why excellent diabetic foot care is crucial for diabetes sufferers. At Family Foot Care, in Berkeley Heights and Hackettstown, New Jersey, Gary Quartello, DPM, provides diabetic foot care for all types of conditions focusing on preventive measures to avoid surgery and or limb loss. Call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q&A

How can diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetic nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy, is one of the most common diabetes complications. Nerve damage can cause particular problems in your feet, including:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Ulcers
  • Slow-healing wounds

If you maintain healthy blood sugar levels and take good care of your feet, including scheduling regular diabetic foot care exams, you have a good chance of avoiding complications like permanent nerve damage or limb loss.

How often do I need a foot exam as a diabetic?

The American Diabetes Association recommends comprehensive foot exams at least once a year. If you have foot complications pre-existing, you will need to see Dr. Quartello more frequently to maintain the proper care.

How does a podiatrist help with diabetic wounds?

Dr. Quartello treats all types of diabetic wounds, including cuts, blisters, calluses, and open sores. Often, treatment includes topical ointments, irrigation, and sterile dressings.

If your tissue breaks down, it can form an ulcer that becomes more challenging to heal. About 80% of diabetic amputations start with a foot ulcer and it's crucial that you see Dr. Quartello at the first sign of foot problems. The best way to fight diabetic wounds is to prevent them.

How can I prevent diabetic foot damage?

Dr. Quartello recommends the techniques best suited for your situation. Some common damage prevention tools for diabetics include:

  • Checking your feet for wounds and changes daily
  • Wearing socks and shoes at all times
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes
  • Washing and drying your feet daily
  • Cutting your nails straight across
  • Using a pumice stone to gently scrub rough skin

If you develop a callus, corn, or other bump or lump on your foot, don't attempt removal yourself. It might seem simple to try to clip it off with your toenail clippers, but you could easily take too much skin off, creating a wound that could be very difficult to heal.

If you need the removal of a corn or other growth, Dr. Quartello can perform the procedure safely and effectively without risking your foot health. Staying proactive & healthy with diabetes is a team effort along with the professional guidance of Dr. Quartello and the team at Family Foot Care. 

Call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.