Podiatrist helps preserve foot health for diabetes patients
Robert Mueller, DPM
A podiatrist – doctor of podiatric medicine or DPM – specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. Some of the most common conditions podiatrists treat are heel pain, sprains, fractures, tendonitis, foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes, corns and calluses, arthritic
joints, warts and ingrown toenails, and diabetic foot care.
“Te health of your feet and the health of your body are interrelated, something that’s particularly evident for patients with diabetes,” said Froedtert Health Medical Group podiatrist Robert Mueller, DPM.
Diabetes patients, especially older patients, often have multiple medical issues and are prone to foot problems because of poor blood circulation, which reduces the ability to heal, and nerve damage (neuropathy), which causes loss of feeling. Patients with these conditions may experience serious complications such as diabetic ulcers and infections after a minor cut, trying to trim their toenails or care for calluses. In addition, people with diabetic retinopathy may not see well enough to safely care for their feet.
“Our job is to help patients preserve their feet so they last their lifetime. Patients with diabetes should have a checkup with a
Always something new at the Well Wisher
New visitors to the Well Wisher Gift Shop at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital are pleasantly surprised by the array of gifts, cards, candles, jewelry and apparel, home and garden décor and more.
“Guests are surprised to find we have unique apparel items and wonderful accessories,” said Keri Schwartz, manager of the shop operated by Partners of St. Joseph’s Hospital volunteers. “Te best thing is that all the proceeds from the shop go to benefit hospital patients. Last year, through Partners, the gift shop donated $31,000 to the hospital.”
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“I love it working here, there’s something new all the time,” said Carol Schaefer, a Partner volunteer who has worked at the shop for six years.
Te gift shop has fresh flowers, gift certificates, and even a new cookbook with the Partners’ “Favorite Recipes.” Te shop also takes phone orders for flowers for hospital patients.
Gift Shop Hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Call for evening hours. Call the Well Wisher at 262-836-7032.
podiatrist once a year. Geriatric patients with multiple issues like peripheral artery disease or diabetic neuropathy may need to see a podiatrist every three months,” Dr. Mueller said.
During a visit, the podiatrist will assess the patient’s arterial circulation by feeling their pulse in the foot and ankle and will check for sensation. Te podiatrist also looks for deformities that can lead to complications and may recommend proper shoe fitting, special footwear, custom foot orthotic inserts, or surgical intervention.
“It’s important for patients to be aware of any changes in their feet in order to get proper care and reduce complications,” Dr. Mueller said.
To make an appointment with Dr. Mueller, call the West Bend Clinic at 262-365-6100.
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