Dr. Lawrence C. Kalker M.S., D.P.M., P.C.
Dr. Lawrence C. Kalker Cares for Bucks County’s Diabetic Patients at his Kalker Podiatry Office
Diabetes care is more than just watching what you eat; it involves proper foot care, too. Diabetes is a life changing condition in which a person has high levels of sugar in their bloodstream. Diabetes can affect the health of the liver, eyes, kidneys, and blood vessels. Diabetic levels mean that the body is either not producing enough insulin, or it has become resistant to it. Although diabetes is directly connected with levels of sugar in the bloodstream, it can actually damage your nerves and reduce circulation to and within the feet. One in every five people with diabetes who seeks medical attention does so because of a foot problem. Dr. Lawrence Kalker of Kalker Podiatry treats patients who suffer from diabetes in the Bucks Country, PA area with specialized diabetic foot care. He regularly works closely with patients and doctors to prevent permanent damage.
Diabetes can weaken your nervous system, making it difficult for your brain to send messages to your feet. This can result in numbness, abnormal pressure, skin color changes, swelling, dry cracks in the skin, impaired sweat secretion and sores. In turn, diabetics may not be able to heal these sores due to a weakened immune system, resulting in bacterial infections. More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated each year due to diabetes complications. Proper foot care is essential to diabetes management. Dr. Lawrence Kalker works with those who are at risk for these conditions to ensure that they reduce the likelihood of infection, while promptly treating any infections that do arise. Working directly with a podiatrist can reduce the risk of amputation by 85% and lowers the risk of hospitalization by 24%.
If you suffer from diabetes, examine your feet each day for blisters, cuts, and scratches. Be sure to use mild soaps and warm water. Make regular use of lotion on to prevent skin cracking. Thick, soft socks will also prevent excessive rubbing or chafing. If you live in the Bucks Country area, contact Dr. Lawrence Kalker to learn how he can help you prevent and treat diabetic foot injuries.
For more information on diabetic foot care, visit Dr. Lawrence Kalker’s website at http://www.kalkerpodiatry.com or call 251-968-4048 to make an appointment.