Diabetic Care Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Zionsville, IN

Diabetics are prone to developing severe foot issues, including painful diabetic neuropathy, so building a relationship with a podiatrist is important. If you have diabetes, schedule a preventive foot care evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. The expert podiatrists at the five convenient Indianapolis-area locations offer comprehensive diabetic foot care, so you can get the specialized treatment you need. Book your appointment by requesting a visit online, or by calling your closest office.

Diabetic Care Q & A

Why should I be worried about diabetic foot care?

With diabetes, you’re more likely to have poor blood circulation, which leads to insufficient wound healing. Plus, if you frequently have high blood sugar levels, you risk damaging your nerves (diabetic neuropathy) so when you do develop wounds, you might not be able to feel them.

This combination of issues can lead to overly dry and cracked skin, making an ideal opening for bacteria to make their way in to cause an infection. If even small wounds are left untreated, they can quickly turn into a severe bacterial infection that could cause tissue death (necrosis). Over time, necrosis can lead to serious complications, ultimately requiring a toe or foot amputation.

Can I prevent diabetic foot issues?

One of the best things you can do to decrease your risk of serious foot and diabetic wound issues is to carefully manage your blood glucose since sugar spikes can increase your chances of complications. Your dedicated podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can work with you to further prevent foot issues. Some of the other things you can do to prevent diabetic foot issues include:

  • Wash your feet daily
  • Thoroughly inspect your feet each day
  • Apply a thick moisturizer regularly
  • Trim your toenails straight across
  • Avoid walking barefoot

If you develop a sore or wound — even if it seems small and harmless — it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle right away to get started on treatment.

How are diabetic foot conditions treated?

Your diabetic foot care treatment depends on which ailment you have and how long it’s been going on. Diabetic foot treatments can include:

  • Wearing custom supportive orthotics
  • Cleaning and bandaging a wound
  • Starting antibiotic or antifungal medications
  • Electrical nerve stimulation or ultrasound therapy

If you have diabetic neuropathy, your podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle helps you slow the progression of the disease, which often involves carefully monitoring your blood sugar and managing pain with medications. Rest assured, you have a dedicated practitioner who’s going to help you take control of your foot health and work to decrease pain.

Schedule a diabetic foot care evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle either through the online scheduler or over the phone.

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