Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care services offered in Corona and Ontario, CA

Nerve damage and poor blood flow make people with diabetes particularly susceptible to foot problems. At Advanced Care Foot and Ankle, with offices in Corona and Ontario, California, the podiatry team including Norris Morrison, DPM, Lateef Lawal, DPM, and Brian Constantine, DPM, offers the highest standard of customized diabetic foot care, including wound care from a leading specialist. Click the provided link or call the office nearest you to schedule your appointment now.

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care describes all foot care for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes experience many health issues, two of which have particular significance in the feet.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, causes numbness, tingling, and burning in the feet. Many people with diabetes develop cuts or sores on their feet but don’t feel them. Eventually, that can lead to serious open wounds and infections. 

Some people with peripheral neuropathy develop Charcot foot, a condition in which the foot bones weaken and fracture. Due to numbness, people with Charcot foot may keep walking on the injured bones until they bow out to create a rocker-bottom appearance. 

Poor blood flow

Many people with diabetes experience narrowing in their blood vessels, particularly those that go to the legs and feet. The condition, called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), prevents your feet from getting the blood they need to heal when injured. 

An open wound can worsen and become infected because it’s not getting enough blood. Eventually, the damage can work deeper into your foot, destroying bones and other tissues without treatment.

Between nerve and blood flow problems, people with diabetes need specialized diabetic foot care to stay healthy and avoid serious complications like toe, foot, or limb loss. 

Diabetic foot care also addresses the foot issues that are especially common in people with diabetes, including bunions, corns and calluses, nail fungus, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails. 

When do I need diabetic foot care?

As a person with diabetes, you need diabetic foot care both when you’re healthy (when your blood sugar is well-controlled) and when you’re experiencing issues. 

The Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team recommends a personalized diabetic foot care plan for you, but in general, you’ll need check-ups at least once or twice a year, along with urgent care as needed.

What does diabetic foot care involve? 

When you’re healthy, your diabetic foot care focuses on prevention and health maintenance. That usually includes diabetes foot care education, like learning to do foot exams at home, prescription diabetic shoes, custom orthotics, nail trims, and other strategies to keep your feet healthy.

When you’re sick, your diabetic foot care involves customized medical care for your specific problems, from ingrown toenail removal to relief of neuropathy symptoms and beyond. If you have a nonhealing wound, the Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team uses advanced strategies to stimulate recovery. They’ll make sure that you don’t lose your foot to diabetes. 

For caring, personalized help with diabetic foot problems, call Advanced Care Foot and Ankle or use the provided booking tool now.