Diabetic Skin and Nail Care
At Singapore Diabetic Foot Centre, our podiatrists carry out routine care for people with diabetes who have skin condition and nail pathology. They are trained and highly skilled in treating skin and nail disorders of the diabetic foot. It entails using sterile instruments, materials and techniques to manage the diabetic foot. The main objective is to prevent complications from skin and nail disorders because if these disorders are left untreated or poorly managed, they can lead to wounds or ulcerations. If a person with diabetes sustains a wound or ulceration, this is very serious, as other associated risk factors of neurological or vascular deficit can inhibit them from healing quickly which puts them at risk of developing an infection and subsequently amputation.
There may be many reasons why people with diabetes need routine care. People with diabetes may present with pathological nails such as involuted and ingrowing toenails. Some may also have skin conditions affecting the foot such as callus and corns, fungal infections and viral infections (warts). The build-up of callus and corns (hard skin) may lead to skin breakdown from increased pressure on the foot and eventually become ulcerations. Fungal infections and warts (viral infections) of the skin, if left untreated may lead to bacterial infection and later leads to ulcerations as well.
Skin conditions and nail disorders affecting the lower leg and foot that may pose a threat to people with diabetes includes, but not limited to:
- Callus and corns
- Fungal infection of the skin (Tinea Pedis)
- Bacterial infection of the skin
- Ingrowing toenails
- Involuted Toenails
- Other toenail disorders
Either they are unable to reach to lower extremity to care for this, or it is too high risk to manage without specialist input, our podiatrists will ensure proper care to manage these conditions.