DIABETIC FOOT CARE
Diabetics have specific problems with there feet which can cause infection, limb loss and death. Preventive measures are very important. All diabetics should see a podiatrist at least once a year and in most cases every 2-3 months. If you are diabetic, schedule an appointment today to have your feet checked and learn how to avoid diabetic complications of the feet.
Some foot surgery (Wart Removal, Ingrown Toenail Procedures) can be performed in-office. Other more extensive surgeries (Hammertoe correction, Bunion Surgery) are performed in the operating room and are almost always outpatient/same day surgery. Foot surgery can usually be performed with sedation and nerve block or general anesthesia if preferred. Dr. DeGirolamo has hospital privileges at both Mercy Hospital and University of Miami Hospital.
A fall for and elderly person can be devastating and dangerous. Much research has been done in an attempt to prevent falls as it is a leading cause of hospitalizations. There are options such as physical therapy and custom molded braces which can help.Call for an appointment and evaluation to see what can be done to prevent a dangerous fall.
Heel pain is one of the most common problems we see in our office. Often it can be resolved with stretching exercises and shoegear changes. If not, a simple injection or durable medical equipment (DME) which is available for dispensing in the office is available. X-ray and diagnostic ultrasound available at civic center location.
Often times nerve damage can present as burning, tingling or numbness in the feet or legs. There are several different reasons that you may have nerve damage...such as diabetes or lower back problems. A simple test can be performed to determine the cause. Depending on the cause different treatment options are available.
Poor circulation can cause dangerous problems in your feet and legs including pain, open wounds, swelling and gangrene. New technology is now available that can correct many circulation problems. Once diagnosed, you can be referred to a vascular specialist to help prevent complications and optimize your circulation.
Wounds are not normal and are most commonly caused by trauma, nerve damage, diabetes or poor circulation. They are dangerous and can lead to infection, limb loss and death, even if they are not painful. They require treatment by a specialist. Dr. DeGirolamo is board certified by the American Board of Wound Management and is designated as a Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWSP). She can care for you at either office location or the University of Miami Wound Healing Center.
X-Rays (Radiographs) can show problems with the bones in your ankles and feet. They can be taken in-office at the civic center location and be read and interpreted immediately. With in-office x-ray, you get the convenience of immediate results , which allow for us to proceed with treatment without requiring a separate follow-up appointment.
Fungal toenails are very common. A simple, painfree test can be performed to confirm the diagnosis of fungus. Fungal nails can be treated several different ways including oral medication, topical medication, regular debridement, or laser treatment. Laser treatment is offered at the civic center location.