Diabetic feet are often damaged feet. Up to 70% of people with diabetes eventually develop peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet. Circulatory problems exacerbate foot damage, leading to slow-healing wounds, ulcers, and possibly even amputation. Board-certified podiatrist William Martin, DPM, at Foot & Ankle Specialty Clinic is a specialist in diabetic foot care who can tailor affordable care for your needs at two convenient locations in Logan and Tooele, Utah. To visit the podiatry practice that treats you like family, call or use the online booking tool anytime.
Uncontrolled blood sugar (high blood glucose) damages your nervous and circulatory systems. Many people with diabetes develop peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, in their feet.
Peripheral neuropathy often makes it difficult to feel normal sensations, which is why you could have cuts, scrapes, blisters, or burns and not realize it. Walking on an injury can open it up, which can lead to an ulcer or something more serious.
High blood glucose can narrow the blood vessels in your legs and feet, which means less blood flows to injuries. Without enough blood flow, wounds don’t heal well.
For diabetics, nerve and blood vessel damage mean that you’re at high risk for foot problems. That’s why it’s extra important that you take care of your feet.
Dr. Martin recommends diabetic foot exams every two months. During your exams, he trims your nails, treats problems like calluses, monitors wounds, and detects new issues using advanced diagnostic tools like digital peripheral arterial disease testing.
These regular checkups, when combined with close monitoring at home, are the best way to maintain healthy feet and minimize your risk of damage.
Many diabetics benefit greatly from prescription shoes, which are custom made for your feet and feature a wider toe box and deeper heel. These shoes typically have moisture-wicking interior materials and soft padding at pressure points, as well.
Diabetic shoes protect your feet and accommodate for foot damage and injuries as they heal. They also diminish friction and pressure to lower your risk of developing new foot wounds and ulcers.
Some insurance providers offer diabetic shoes as a plan benefit. To take advantage of this coverage, you simply need to have regular diabetic foot exams and foot care at Foot & Ankle Specialty Clinic. Dr. Martin coordinates with your primary health care provider to help you get your new diabetic shoes.
All diabetics have an elevated risk of amputation. At Foot & Ankle Specialty Clinic, Dr. Martin does everything possible to help you avoid losing a toe, foot, or limb to diabetes. He’s a diabetic wound care expert who uses advanced techniques and tools to dress your wounds and encourage rapid healing.
Remember, diabetic wounds require immediate care. What might seem like an inconsequential scrape or cut can quickly bloom into a major foot wound when you have diabetes. Don’t take chances; it’s not worth the risk of amputation later.
Foot & Ankle Specialty Clinic offers affordable and customized diabetic foot care for all, so reach out to either office by phone or through online booking now.