Podiatrists are the expert in the foot and ankle. If you have a patient with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should refer him or her to a podiatrist right away. Podiatrists are trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers.
Be sure you're giving your diabetic and pre-diabetic patients the best comprehensive care possible. Research shows that diabetic patients who see a podiatrist for foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
Research also shows that including a DPM to the diabetes-care team can save the health-care system $3.5 billion per year. Interested in more information on the benefits of podiatry? Review these studies:
Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.
When you add a podiatrist to your patient's health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're better able to manage the effects of diabetes on your patient's feet. If you are looking for a podiatrist in your area, check out our Find a Podiatrist tool.