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Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you’re one of the more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes, it’s important to participate in diabetic foot care regularly. Routine checkups can alert you to potentially serious problems, including neuropathy and open wounds, lowering your risk of infection or amputation. At Aloha Foot & Ankle Associates, the team of expert podiatrists provides diabetic foot care to people of all ages. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes refers to an illness characterized by high blood sugar. When left untreated, diabetes increases your risk of serious health problems, especially those that affect your feet. 

Some of the most common foot-related problems with diabetes include:

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy causes permanent nerve damage. The nerve damage provokes numbness and tingling in your feet, making it difficult to sense changes in temperature or injuries like cuts and puncture wounds. 

If you’re unaware of an injury, the cut or blister can become infected, increasing your risk of infection, gangrene, or amputation. More than 50% of the amputations occurring in the United States are a direct result of diabetes.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Over time, diabetes negatively affects your blood vessels and arteries. Specifically, peripheral vascular disease can cause the buildup of fatty deposits.

Fatty deposits prevent blood from circulating to your legs and feet, making it difficult for cuts, ulcers, or blisters to heal. Because your body’s healing response slows down, you’re more likely to experience an infection as well.

When should I see a doctor for diabetic foot care?

If you’re living with diabetes, it’s important to visit a podiatrist on a routine basis. Regular checkups can alert you to potentially serious problems when they’re easiest to treat -- even if your feet feel okay. Podiatrists also can help with routine care including trimming of toenails and debridement of calluses. Having this addressed by a specialist on a regular basis puts a diabetic patient at less risk for complications. Diabetics should be seen by a podiatrist asap should there be any wounds or infection.

Make an appointment with the team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. Following a thorough exam, they can determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan that helps you feel better and puts you less at risk for diabetic complications.

What types of treatment does diabetic foot care provide?

The team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates offers various diabetic foot care services. 

Most people with diabetes benefit from non-surgical treatments like undergoing regular foot examinations, routine care such as trimming of nails and calluses, and wearing comfortable, padded shoes that lower the risk of cuts, lacerations, or blisters.

Should there be a complication such as a diabetic wound, the team is well equipped to manage this. They are trained in diabetic wound care and will follow you closely to make sure the wound heals uneventfully.

If you’re living with diabetes and want to protect your feet, request a diabetic foot care consultation at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. Book an appointment online or call the office today.