Why should a patient with diabetes see a podiatrist regularly?
Diabetes is a multi-system disease many times starting in the lower extremities, especially the feet. The four most common systems include eyes, circulation, nerves, and kidneys. The skin (ulcer formation), GI (difficulty swallowing), and charcot joint (the foot becomes a bag of bones) are common areas associated with diabetes. Recognized early, potential diabetic complications can be aborted and you can successfully live with the disease.