If you have questions about caring for diabetic feet, we can provide you with answers.
When you have diabetes, maintaining proper foot care is even more critical to preventing foot problems that could lead to infections, amputation and other serious complications. Our Burbank, CA, podiatrists get many questions about diabetic foot care. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
How does blood sugar impact the health of the feet?
People with diabetes have elevated blood sugar levels. If blood sugar isn’t adequately managed with a healthy lifestyle and medications, these elevated levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the feet. This nerve damage is known as diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet, as well as tingling and pain. This is why managing your blood sugar is incredibly important for people with diabetes.
How often do I need to examine my feet?
Part of proper diabetic foot care is to check your feet every day, even if you aren’t dealing with any issues. What should you look for when you examine your feet? Our Burbank, CA, team recommends looking for,
- Changes in skin color or temperature
- Numbness, tingling or discomfort
- Corns and calluses
- Open wounds
- Cuts and ulcers
Are you dealing with any of these issues? Schedule an immediate appointment with our Burbank, CA, foot care team. Having a podiatrist that understands and works with diabetes is imperative to helping you manage your symptoms.
I’m at home. Can’t I just go barefoot?
Chances are good that you’ve been told to wear shoes and socks at all times, even at home. While it may be tempting to go around barefoot, especially in your own home, this can also leave you at risk for cuts, scrapes and other foot injuries. If you also have nerve damage in your feet, it’s also possible that you could hurt your foot and not even know it. You should always wear supportive, properly fitted shoes and socks to protect your feet, no matter where you are.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s always a good rule of thumb to visit our Burbank, CA, foot and ankle specialists once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, especially if you have diabetes. Of course, you should also call us if you are dealing with any changes or problems with your feet. Since even the most minor issues can turn serious quickly, it’s essential to schedule an immediate appointment with us if you are dealing with any foot problems.
If you have questions or concerns about your current diabetic foot care routine, the Burbank, CA, podiatrists at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery are always here to help. We offer everything from emergency foot care to routine checkups. Call (818) 848-5588 to schedule your next visit.