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Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Foot & Ankle Specialty Center

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Willow Grove, PA

Every 17 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. On any given day, as many as 230 diabetics face an amputation. Because diabetes leads to widespread complications, especially in your feet, Foot & Ankle Specialty Center offers comprehensive diabetic foot care services in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. If you have diabetes or signs of a foot ulcer, schedule an exam online today. You can also call to speak with a team member directly.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Why is diabetic foot care important?

Blood sugar surges associated with diabetes cause problems, especially vein and nerve damage, all over your body. But when it comes to your feet, concerns are even greater. Your feet are the furthest points from your heart, so blood circulation is already limited. This means that when you have a wound, it can heal very slowly and become infected. 

Routine diabetic foot care is important to:

  • Treat wounds and infections, including ingrown toenails
  • Prevent limb-threatening diabetic ulcers
  • Remove thickened skin, like calluses
  • Detect and treat nerve damage

Diabetic foot care is also a chance for you to receive the education you need to keep your feet healthy between podiatry visits. Your podiatrist can even partner with your primary care physician to help you manage your blood sugar levels. 

What can I expect from a diabetic foot care exam?

When you come to Foot & Ankle Specialty Center for your diabetic foot care exam, your dedicated podiatrist sits and talks with you about your health. They perform a thorough foot and ankle exam and discuss any issues or symptoms you’ve been experiencing. 

Depending on the outcome of your foot exam, your dedicated podiatrist may perform any of the following services:

  • Nail trimming, as well as ingrown toenail removal
  • Corn and callus removal 
  • Wound debridement
  • Nerve testing 

You can also get fitted for custom-molded orthotics and specialized diabetic shoes to protect your feet and decrease your risk of wounds. Foot & Ankle Specialty Center is dedicated to ensuring you have healthy feet and a reduced risk of diabetic foot wounds. 

How often do I need a diabetic foot care exam?

If you have your diabetes under control and don’t have a history of diabetic foot wounds, the podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center may schedule you for diabetic foot care exams once or twice a year.

But if you have a current diabetic ulcer or a history of foot infections, your dedicated podiatrist could recommend coming in monthly or once a quarter. Your entire diabetic foot care management plan is tailored to you. 

Schedule your diabetic foot care evaluation at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center today. You can conveniently book an appointment either online or over the phone.