"Why should a diabetic need to see a podiatrist? Diabetes can affect the feet in many ways. Diabetics may develop poor circulation at an earlier age and this can cause delayed or non-healing of a wound and may make it more difficult to fight infections. Diabetes can also affect the nerve endings in the feet and cause numbness. If you’re not careful, a simple scrape or cut on the foot can develop into a major infection. A podiatrist will perform a CDFE, or comprehensive, diabetic foot exam, to check the circulation and sensation in your feet, to see if you’re prone to these problems. We believe that education is essential for diabetics to learn how to take care of their feet at home as well."