Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care services offered in Fresno and Madera, CA

Diabetes is a chronic condition causing high blood sugar levels. If diabetes isn’t managed correctly, it can impact other areas of your body, including your feet. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, offer diabetic foot care to patients with diabetes. To learn more, call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, or make an appointment online. 

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect the feet?

Diabetes is a chronic condition causing high blood sugar levels. If not managed, diabetes can seriously impact the health of your feet. Two common conditions affecting people with diabetes are peripheral vascular disease and diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy is when uncontrolled diabetes damages the nerves in your feet. If this happens, you might not feel cold, heat, or pain sensations in your feet. The muscles in your feet can also be impacted. 

Peripheral vascular disease is when diabetes reduces the amount of blood flow in your body, including your feet. Due to this limited amount of blood flow, any cuts or sores that develop on your feet will be unable to heal correctly, putting you at risk of further injury. 

What are the signs of diabetic foot problems?

Here are a few signs you may have diabetic foot problems: 

  • Your feet change in color
  • You have sores that won't heal on your feet
  • You stop feeling pain in your feet
  • Your feet change in temperature
  • You have dry cracks on your feet, mainly around the heel
  • You experience pain in your legs

How do podiatrists care for the feet of people with diabetes?

At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, the team focuses on preventing foot problems related to diabetes before they start. They also treat any conditions that have already developed, so they don’t worsen. 

If you have diabetes, your podiatrist will recommend regular checkups so you can be sure your feet are healthy. They’ll also encourage you to schedule an appointment any time you notice the beginning of a foot problem.

How can I prevent foot problems related to diabetes?

To prevent foot problems related to diabetes:

  • Manage your blood sugar carefully. Check it regularly and take all of your prescribed medications
  • Check your feet daily for sores, blisters, and other signs of a problem
  • Wash your feet daily and keep them moisturized
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails and infection
  • Always wear socks that fit your feet well
  • Protect your feet from extreme temperature

If you have any questions or concerns about how to prevent or treat foot problems related to diabetes, schedule an appointment with Advanced Foot Care And Clinical Research Center. You can reach out online or by phone.