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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care services offered in Southfield, MI

Diabetic foot care protects and heals your feet to ensure you don’t lose function and mobility due to diabetes. At Michfoot Surgeons in Southfield, Michigan, Randy Leff, DPM, and the other podiatry specialists offer comprehensive diabetic foot care. Book your appointment using the online scheduler or call the office to book a visit with a diabetic foot care expert now.

What is diabetic foot care?

People with diabetes are more likely to develop foot problems due to high blood sugar. 

Over time, high blood sugar can cause nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) and blood vessel narrowing, which can prevent you from feeling injuries and inhibit your ability to heal wounds. 

Diabetic foot care addresses nerve and vascular damage and also helps people with diabetes treat and prevent complications like foot ulcers (non-healing wounds) and Charcot foot (collapse of the foot arch due to nerve damage). 

Additionally, diabetic foot care addresses the many other problems common in people with diabetes, such as:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions
  • Fungal infections
  • Corns and calluses

Diabetic foot care at Michfoot Surgeons helps you stay vigilant regarding foot health while also helping you deal with problems immediately. 

When do I need diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is a major part of your diabetes management plan. You’ll see your doctor for overall diabetes management at least once a year and should also visit Michfoot Surgeons at least annually for specific diabetic foot care management.

In addition to the yearly appointments, which focus mainly on prevention, you should reach out to the podiatry practice for help anytime you develop new foot problems, such as:

  • Injuries 
  • Slow-healing cuts, blisters, punctures, or other types of wounds
  • Foot skin discoloration
  • Foot swelling 
  • Tingling or foot pain
  • Foot numbness
  • Change in the shape of your foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe

Slow-healing wounds are of particular importance. Due to reduced blood flow, healing often takes much longer than it normally would, and this long period of healing increases the risk of infection, gangrene (tissue death), and, eventually, amputation. 

Fortunately, Michfoot Surgeons can expertly treat diabetic foot wounds, address symptoms, and help you avoid complications.

What treatments are available as part of diabetic foot care?

Michfoot Surgeons provides comprehensive diabetic foot care that includes:

  • Nail trimming
  • Wound debridement - removal of dead skin around a wound
  • Corn and callus removal
  • Prescription diabetic shoes
  • Custom orthotics
  • Wound care
  • Bako Clinical Therapeutic™ Solutions products 

To learn more about how diabetic foot care can help you, call Michfoot Surgeons or book your appointment online today.