Diabetes can lead to nerve and blood vessel damage, increasing your risk of foot ulcers, and about 15% of people with diabetes develop severe foot ulcers. The highly trained podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle, with two locations in Scottsdale and also in Mesa and Sun City, Arizona, offer personalized diabetic foot care to prevent and treat diabetic foot ulcers. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today if you’re looking for expert diabetic foot care.
Diabetes elevates your glucose — blood sugar — levels. When unmanaged, the disease can damage your blood vessels and your nerves. These two issues combine to increase your risk of foot ulcers.
Reduced circulation in your feet and lower legs means that your muscles, connective tissue, and skin don’t receive enough nutrient-rich blood, which is critical to cell repair and healing. Nerve damage dulls your ability to feel pain.
As a result, a tiny wound on your foot can become progressively worse without you noticing it. Eventually, the wound becomes an ulcer, and you have an increased risk of infection, necrosis, and amputation.
Diabetic foot care is designed to keep your feet healthy and prevent ulcers. The team at Arcadia Foot and Ankle also offers expert diabetic wound treatment.
If you have diabetes, you should have routine appointments with the podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle. They examine your feet for injuries and can carefully trim your toenails and treat calluses, corns, and other foot issues to keep your skin soft and healthy.
If you develop a wound, your podiatrist can keep it clean and apply medication and bandages to prevent it from worsening or becoming infected. If necessary, they can remove dead tissue with a process called debridement.
In addition to providing in-office diabetic foot care, the team at Arcadia Foot and Ankle offers counseling and advice to help you keep your feet healthy.
The team recommends at-home foot care. You should keep your feet clean and dry, applying moisturizer to prevent cracks and keep your feet smooth. You should also keep your toenails trimmed and smooth. If you can’t cut your toenails, the team can provide this service.
You should also examine your feet daily. If you have neuropathy, you might not feel an injury, so it’s essential to carefully look at your feet and toenails for any warning signs, such as swelling, skin color changes, a difference in temperature, and tenderness.
Your podiatrist might also recommend making healthy lifestyle choices such as avoiding smoking, wearing comfortable shoes, and never walking barefoot.
Call Arcadia Foot and Ankle or make an appointment online today for expert diabetic foot care.