Diabetes is not just a condition that affects your feet, but your entire body. However, the potential consequences for your feet are serious and require the attention of a expert, which is exactly what you get here at O C Foot & Ankle. So while you need to see your primary care doctor or endocrinologist regularly, so too should you come in for a checkup by our Riverside foot specialist at least once per year, and maybe more often if circumstances call for it.
Nerve damage (neuropathy) can lead to poor circulation, which is caused by narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels. All of this is traceable to elevated blood sugar. And the complications you may suffer range from peeling skin and blisters to slow healing of wounds to the complete loss of one or both of your feet. Amputation is an extreme outcome, but all too common. That’s why our Riverside foot specialist recommends that you also do frequent self checking at home. A visual inspection of your feet will allow you to get out ahead of issues that could otherwise be trouble. Foot deformities can occur due to diabetes. If so, our Riverside foot specialist can provide you with specially designed shoes that will help you to maintain a normal foot shape. In addition to medical and podiatry checkups, you should follow a proper diet, exercise as recommended by your doctor, and take any medication that has been prescribed for you. If you’re a smoker, try to quit. And if you’re overweight, it’s never a bad idea to take off some weight, but do it under your doctor’s supervision.
Keep your feet healthy for the long run by being proactive. Why not reach out to our office right now and allow us to book an appointment for you to come in for a diabetic foot check up?