Diabetic Foot Care
Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, or high blood sugar. As a result, those millions of diabetics also face dangerous complications related to their feet. The podiatry and foot surgery team at Southwest Foot and Ankle Center offer specialized care for a wide variety of diabetic foot conditions.
Neuropathy, Wounds and Foot Ulcers
For a diabetic, something as simple as a small cut can turn into a serious infection. High blood glucose can cause nerve damage, numbness, reduced blood flow and resistance to healing.
Resulting foot problems can include:
- Ulcers (sores)
- Corns and calluses
- Cracked heels
- Hammer toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Charcot foot
Diagnosis of Diabetic Feet
Among diabetics, the threat of poor circulation, high blood pressure and damaged nerves can lead to more severe problems like peripheral neuropathy and, in extreme cases, amputation of the infected limb. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial. If you are diabetic with any issues with your feet, please seek treatment by a qualified podiatrist.
Dr. Reza Mobarak, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA is board certified in wound care for diabetic feet and is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. He has specialized skill and experience in hyperbaric oxygen therapy to promotes healing, foot and ankle surgery, as well as diabetic limb preservation techniques.
Diabetic Foot Care
First and foremost, if you are a diabetic, control your blood sugar levels. Secondly, visually inspect your feet and practice good hygiene:
- Inspect your feet daily for cuts and abrasions
- Daily wash feet gently in warm (not hot) water
- Keep the skin soft and smooth, especially your heel
- Avoid moisture between the toes
- Carefully trim toenails
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself
- Wear clean, dry socks (even to bed)
- Avoid wearing socks that are too tight or bulky
- Inspect inside shoes for foreign objects
- Never walk barefoot
- See your podiatrist regularly
While we see many patients with diabetic foot complications, we also treat conditions such as:
- Foot and Ankle Sprains
- Hammer Toe
- Ingrown Toe Nails
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tarsal Tunnel
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort because of diabetic foot problems, contact us or call to schedule an appointment at our Plano center at 972-805-9985, Lewisville clinic at 972-318-2738 or newest location in Irving at 972-318-2655.