Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

South County Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Lincoln, Providence, Scituate, Wakefield, Warwick, and Westerly, RI

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s imperative that you pay extra attention to your foot care. At South County Foot & Ankle, the board-certified podiatrists offer their expertise in multiple locations, including Warwick, Wakefield, Westerly, Providence, Lincoln, and Scituate, Rhode Island. They have the expertise to provide diabetic foot care to ensure that your feet stay at their optimum health. To schedule an appointment, call or book your visit online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

Why do I need diabetic foot care?

Diabetes affects your circulation and nerve function and can especially affect your feet. And once you develop issues with your feet, it can be difficult to fight them off. That’s why diabetic foot care is so important. 

The expert podiatrists at South County Foot & Ankle can monitor the condition of your feet and provide treatment as needed. They can also give you guidance on how to care for your feet on your own.

What issues does diabetic foot care address?

The team at South County Foot & Ankle treats issues such as:

  • Neuropathy
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Sores or wounds
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Fungal infections

If you ignore your foot problems, you could lose a toe, foot, or even a leg. If you notice issues with your feet, call the practice right away to get immediate treatment.

What are the guidelines for my diabetic foot care?

If you’re a diabetic, you can experience successful results when the qualified podiatrists at South County Foot & Ankle monitor your foot care. 

They first recommend that you manage your blood sugar, practice good hygiene, and maintain healthy lifestyle habits, such as not smoking and eating nutritious food.

Additional recommended guidelines include: 

  • Observe your feet closely
  • Bathe in warm water (not hot)
  • Gently clean your feet when bathing
  • Moisturize your feet, but not between your toes
  • Carefully cut your toenails
  • Wear clean socks
  • Wear socks when you go to sleep
  • Keep your feet dry
  • Don’t walk barefoot

You should also check the inside of your shoes before putting them on. You don’t want to have anything in them that rubs on an area of your foot and causes a blister or a sore.

What treatments are involved with diabetic foot care?

Depending on the severity of your foot issues, your podiatrist may recommend a number of techniques to address your situation. Treatments might include orthotics, footwear changes, medicated ointments, and in some cases, surgery. 

They take noninvasive and minimally invasive approaches to care for you, always working to heal your feet with conservative methods.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, schedule a consultation with the team at South County Foot & Ankle. The expert podiatrists can inspect your feet and start you on a plan of care to keep your feet healthy. Call or book your appointment online today.