Uncontrolled diabetes affects the nerves and the circulation in the feet. This leads to a condition called neuropathy, where the patient may experience tingling, burning, stinging, or even a total lack of feelings in the feet. This can lead to infections because in the cases where there is a wound, the person is not aware that he or she should treat the foot. The risk of infection increases because the low blood supply can affect the healing and the high blood sugar can affect the white blood cells that fight infection. Prevention is the key to avoiding foot problems. A podiatrist plays a key role in preventing foot complications. The podiatrist examines, diagnoses and treats problems such as corns, ingrown toenails, fungal nail infections and works with orthopedic insoles.
Stephane Lelouche is the center’s podiatrist.