Foot Care for Diabetics

 Blending Podiatry and Pedicures

When you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern, and an open invitation for wounds and infections. Wounds often come from decreased sensation in the extremities, known as diabetic neuropathy. Due to the lack of pain, these open wounds often go unnoticed and untreated. This greatly increases the risk infection.

An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with the healing process, leading to potential poor healing wounds and even amputation if you are a diabetic. People with poor circulation arthritis and skin issues are also at risk for similar issues with their feet. This means you need to take extra care of your feet and avoid injury.  Podiatry (foot care) for people with diabetes is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. The podiatry physician has an integral part in your healthcare.

For the most part people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and should visit a podiatrist at once, if a problem occurs. Diabetes can cause life-threatening complications where foot wounds and infections are common. Extra-thick skin, curved nails, or circulation problems require diabetics to forgo a pedicure at a regular nail salon and should have their nails trimmed at a podiatrist’s office, says Dr. Jacob Reinkraut, DPM. of Complete Foot and Ankle.

The concept of blending podiatry and pedicures is catching on. Complete Foot and Ankle, LLC, offers spa pedicures to its patients, says Dr. Jacob Reinkraut. We opened a medically supervised Pedicure Spa (MediPedi) within our Ridgewood, NJ office because we saw a need for special attention to the feet of people at risk for foot problems. Many patients were too embarrassed to show their feet or too afraid to get a wound or infection so they never had the experience of a pedicure. Now nail technicians can recommend a safe place with sterilely packed instruments to refer their diabetic and at risk clients to a mediped spa where the relationship can benefit everyone – the doctor, the tech, and especially the client, says Dr. Reinkraut. Our patients are really enjoying and benefiting from the treatment. 

For people that never pampered themselves with a pedicure, they are finding pedicures are not just for cosmetic, they are for therapeutic and medical purpose to help prevent nail disease and nail disorders. A proper pedicure will help alleviate foot problems and give your feet the extra care and protection needed by removing dead skin, dirt, including exfoliating to remove any bacterial infection, and a relaxing reflexology like massage is also performed, says Dr. Reinkraut.  Having a pedicure can ensure that their feet are clean and hydrated, which is important when you are managing diabetes.

Complete Foot & Ankle is at the forefront of the podiatric field where we continue to be involved in the medical and surgical education, says Dr. Reinkraut. For your convenience, we offer three locations – Ridgewood (primary location and MediPed Spa), Rutherford and Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

For more information contact: Complete Foot and Ankle, LLC at 201.445.2288 or visit online at

E 400 Rt 17 South
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201 Route 17 North, 11th, Floor
    Rutherford, NJ 07070
31–100 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410


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