Top 5 Reasons to Visit The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine for Diabetic Foot Care
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, October 6th, 2014
Here in New York, an estimated 1.3 million people have some diabetes symptoms. In fact, diabetes has increased 13% in New York City since 2002. Possible foot complications suffered by diabetics may include loss of feeling (peripheral neuropathy), ulcers, infections, swelling (edema), toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, gout, arthritis, and Charcot foot. Proper care of the feet is necessary to keep patients out of the hospital. There are many podiatry offices in New York City to choose for your diabetic foot care. Here are five reasons to come see us at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in Manhattan or Westchester.
1. Diagnostic tools
“As many people are aware, diabetes and foot pathology often go hand in hand,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara, a diabetes specialist at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. “Treating the diabetic foot is an integral part of most Podiatrists’ day.”
He explains that diabetics face an array of issues, including:
– Peripheral vascular disease
– Joint destruction (Charcot joints)
Here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we offer several diagnostic and treatment modalities for diabetic issues. “One unique diagnostic tool is the NC-stat DPNCheck. The DPN stands for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. This is a quick, painless diagnostic procedure that can help us quantify the degree of a patient’s peripheral neuropathy, which can then help direct treatment parameters.”
2. High-tech treatments
“One tool at The Center not found many other places is the MLS laser,” adds Dr. Minara. “Laser therapy is used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal and nerve conditions, and has been used successfully here to decrease painful neuropathy.” Unlike medications, patients do not suffer any adverse symptoms or side effects of laser treatment.
Application can be as short as eight minutes, with most people starting with 6-10 treatments in a month’s time, and treatment protocols varying after that, depending on the patient. Patients report significant pain reduction after just one or two treatment phases. Though it is a relatively new treatment, one pilot study concluded that “MLS therapy appears to be uniquely capable of healing the injured nerve in DPN and shows great promise in the battle against the devastating sequelae of this disease.”
3. Neuropathy medication
Podiatrists and diabetes specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine have an intimate knowledge of medications and supplements which may help reduce symptoms of diabetic foot pain and neuropathy. These medicines are available by prescription or over-the-counter. After looking at your whole medical history, we will find the best solution for you — one that works alongside other medications you’re taking.
People who prefer natural and holistic cures can also find assistance here. In addition, Biopuncture needle therapy offered at our NYC centers involves the injection of plant-derived compounds to an injury site; this therapy relieves pain by reducing inflammatory enzymes and hormones like interleukin 6, TNF alpha, and cyclooxygenase.
4. Wound healing techniques
If a patient does experience ulceration, the doctors here are adept at handling advanced wound healing techniques. These state-of-the-art treatments include:
– Vascular assessment
– Debridement cleaning of wound surfaces
– Compression therapy for swelling
– Topical therapies
– Negative pressure therapy
– Bio-engineered tissue grafts
– Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
5. Patient experience
At the end of the day, what separates one diabetes foot care center from another is professionalism, compassion, and patient experience. We strive to make all patients feel significant and at ease. Dr. Ryan Minara explains, “I personally can offer a sympathetic outlook. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10 and am much attuned to the often daily struggles that face diabetics. Being able to relate to a diabetic — and the problems they are dealing with — allows me to formulate a realistic and successful game plan in treating their diabetic foot issues.”
NYC Diabetes Foot Care
Contact The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine for top-caliber diabetes care in New York City. We accept most major insurances, including Medicare. We have two offices — one in Manhattan and one in Westchester. You may book an appointment at either one online or by phone. We are currently accepting new patients, without long wait times. Our centers offer diagnostics, counseling, treatments, surgeries, and physical therapy for comprehensive diabetes feet care.
Also, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, mark October 11th down on your calendar. More than 3,000 New Yorkers will join for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes taking place from 8 AM to 2 PM at Hudson River Parks, Pier 84 (West Side Highway and 44th Street). Music, food, entertainment, and kids activities will be available for participants. What a great way to raise funds and awareness to the cause!
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.