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Can podiatrists care for the wounds of diabetics? How?

22 doctors weighed in
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There are many treatments for diabetic wounds, depending on many factors, such as depth, infection, over all size.
Sometimes treatment is by debriedment of the bad tissue and then application of wound care products and dressings. If needed antibiotics may be prescribed.

In brief: Yes

There are many treatments for diabetic wounds, depending on many factors, such as depth, infection, over all size.
Sometimes treatment is by debriedment of the bad tissue and then application of wound care products and dressings. If needed antibiotics may be prescribed.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Very well if you if you follow their orders and they have experience.

In brief: Yes

Very well if you if you follow their orders and they have experience.
Dr. Steven Frydman
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Wounds/diabetics

By wounds if you mean diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds in lower extremities, the answer is they can and they do it well, as they take care of diabetic feet all the time but if the wounds or ulcers are in other parts of body, like traumatic lacerations, tendon and nerve wounds and complicated wound/ulcers in other parts of body.
That is done by genaral, vascular, orthpedic or trauma surgeons.

In brief: Wounds/diabetics

By wounds if you mean diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds in lower extremities, the answer is they can and they do it well, as they take care of diabetic feet all the time but if the wounds or ulcers are in other parts of body, like traumatic lacerations, tendon and nerve wounds and complicated wound/ulcers in other parts of body.
That is done by genaral, vascular, orthpedic or trauma surgeons.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Wound diabetics

Of course they can! diabetic patients with neuropathy of the legs and or foot problems should be followed regularly by a podiatrist for nail and callus repair and for observation of abnormalities.
No one subspecialty has ownership of the wound care specialty. Your podiatrist needs to be comfortable with wound care. Other options are wound specialists that can be found in wound centers.

In brief: Wound diabetics

Of course they can! diabetic patients with neuropathy of the legs and or foot problems should be followed regularly by a podiatrist for nail and callus repair and for observation of abnormalities.
No one subspecialty has ownership of the wound care specialty. Your podiatrist needs to be comfortable with wound care. Other options are wound specialists that can be found in wound centers.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Podiatrist.

We're a very important member of your health care team, along with your primary care doc, endocrinologist, etc.
We can provide nail care, check ups, wound care (trimming callus and dead tissue away), write antibiotic prescriptions if necessary (oral, or topical for use on wounds), perform surgery, and get you custom diabetic inserts and shoes to avoid future problems.

In brief: Podiatrist.

We're a very important member of your health care team, along with your primary care doc, endocrinologist, etc.
We can provide nail care, check ups, wound care (trimming callus and dead tissue away), write antibiotic prescriptions if necessary (oral, or topical for use on wounds), perform surgery, and get you custom diabetic inserts and shoes to avoid future problems.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A podiatrist is qualified by his or her education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and experience. You may want to see a podiatrist with extensive wound care experience.

In brief: Yes

A podiatrist is qualified by his or her education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and experience. You may want to see a podiatrist with extensive wound care experience.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agree!

I have nothing more to add here.
My colleagues are perfectly correct.

In brief: Agree!

I have nothing more to add here.
My colleagues are perfectly correct.
Dr. Eric Lullove
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Dr. David Hardin
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Podiatrists spend considerable time treating and trying to prevent diabetic foot wounds with a wide variety of treatments as well as special shoes the possible treatments ranges from simple dressings to surgery for severe problems.

In brief: Yes

Podiatrists spend considerable time treating and trying to prevent diabetic foot wounds with a wide variety of treatments as well as special shoes the possible treatments ranges from simple dressings to surgery for severe problems.
Dr. David Hardin
Dr. David Hardin
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