June 6, 2008, Newsletter Issue #157: Why Should I See a Podiatrist?

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A Podiatrist is a physician that specializes in the care and treatment of the feet, including those with diabetes.

As with any specialty, the Podiatrist has received additional education and training that helps them focus on caring for those with foot problems.

Diabetes can cause problems in the feet and legs, including blood vessel disease, ulcers, nerve damage and changes in the skin.

A Podiatrist knows the best way to manage corns and callouses, how to trim even thick, fungal toenails to prevent injury, and how to treat ulcers and skin conditions that effect your feet.

Podiatrists can bill Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance companies for their services. Some will even make "house calls" to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, since some residents in these settings cannot easily make office visits.

Ask your physician or Diabetic Educator for a referral to a Podiatrist in your area.

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