If you have diabetes and your blood sugar isn’t continuously controlled, you’re at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. Because these ulcers don’t heal on their own, they can lead to serious complications, including an amputation. Steven N. Klein, DPM, in Mountain View and Redwood City, California, specializes in diabetic foot care, offering comprehensive services, advanced treatments, and rigorous wound care. To get started with your personalized diabetic foot care program, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetic foot care includes the preventive care you perform every day, annual podiatric exams, and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Klein as soon as you notice a cut, sore, or other problem with your foot.
You need intensive foot care because a small cut or callus can quickly turn into a serious health problem. People with diabetes are susceptible to foot conditions due to:
High blood sugar damages the nerves in your feet, which can cause numbness. As a result, you won’t feel the irritation or pain of problems with your feet. When you can’t feel the problem, you won’t take steps to treat it. That’s when wounds develop and loss of circulation comes into play.
High blood sugar also damages the small blood vessels in your lower legs and feet. Damaged blood vessels limit the flow of blood, depriving the tissues in your feet of the oxygen and nutrients needed to heal wounds.
Without adequate blood flow, a tiny cut or a blister caused by your shoes can quickly turn into a diabetic ulcer. These ulcers are dangerous because once they form, they won’t heal without intensive wound care from Dr. Klein.
Without treatment, diabetic ulcers keep getting larger, putting you at risk of developing skin and bone infections. In the worst case, the lack of oxygen causes tissue death and gangrene. Up to 24% of patients with diabetic ulcers end up needing an amputation.
With practice, daily diabetic foot care becomes a habit in which you examine, clean, and moisturize your feet. This routine prevents problems from developing and lets you see problems that need professional care from Dr. Klein.
Schedule a diabetic foot care appointment if you notice:
If your foot feels numb, you should also schedule an exam.
Dr. Klein offers comprehensive care, from preventing problems to advanced treatment. You may receive expert services such as:
You may need surgery to repair foot deformities such as bunions. The goal is to eliminate problems with your foot that create pressure points. Excessive pressure breaks down the skin and causes ulcers.
If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, call Steven N. Klein, DPM, or schedule an appointment online to start your diabetic foot care.