Diabetic Foot Care: Prevention, Management, and More

Diabetics face unique challenges when it comes to foot health, and some of those challenges can lead to other issues down the road. Peripheral neuropathy, a common complication, is particularly worrisome. It can cause numbness and reduced blood flow, making feet more susceptible to subsequent injuries and infections.

Here at Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute, we prioritize diabetic foot care and a comprehensive approach, combining preventive measures and advanced treatment options to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Choose the Right Shoes

  • One of the most critical aspects of diabetic foot care is choosing the right shoes.
  • Ill-fitting footwear can create pressure points, leading to calluses, blisters, and even ulcers.
  • Since neuropathy can numb the lower extremities, wounds might go unnoticed until they become serious and an infection has progressed significantly.
  • Our podiatrists can help you find diabetic shoes that provide optimal comfort, support, and pressure distribution. These shoes often have features like seamless linings, extra depth to accommodate orthotics, and wider toe boxes to prevent cramping.

Circulation Is Key!

The lower extremities are about as far from your heart as possible, but they still require proper blood flow to function and heal.

  • Beyond shoes, maintaining good circulation is a matter of critical importance for those who must manage diabetes.
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) can further reduce blood flow to the feet, hindering healing and increasing the risk of complications.
  • We offer non-invasive vascular testing to assess circulation and identify potential issues early on before they can worsen.

Never Neglect Neuropathy

For neuropathy, we explore a range of solutions based on severity and underlying cause.

  • We often start with natural remedies and lifestyle modifications to promote nerve health.
  • If needed, we may recommend prescription medications or minimally invasive surgical procedures to address nerve compression.
  • With a proactive approach that combines preventive measures like proper footwear and early intervention for neuropathy, we can minimize complications, manage wounds, and improve your overall well-being.

If you’re struggling with diabetic foot care, please contact us for an appointment. A podiatrist’s assistance has been proven to drastically reduce the likelihood of serious diabetic consequences like amputation, and we’re happy to offer our services to any in need. Like Dr. Michaels says:

If it’s below the knee, think of me!