Diabetic Foot Care
For the more than 30 million people in the United States who are diagnosed with diabetes, foot health is of the utmost importance. At Florida Foot and Ankle, Mark Matey, DPM, provides vigilant diabetic foot care, helping his patients in Jacksonville and Palm Coast, Florida, avoid the serious complications that can develop in the feet of diabetics. For experienced and knowledgeable diabetic foot care, call one of the three offices or use the online scheduling tool.

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Why do I need diabetic foot care?

Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting how your body regulates blood sugar levels. This leads to high blood sugar, which can severely compromise circulation and nerve health, especially in your feet due to their distance from your heart. With high glucose levels, your feet don’t receive the oxygen-rich blood they need for good health.

A major complication is peripheral neuropathy, affecting half of diabetics. This nerve damage leads to:

  • Ulcers
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness and tingling

In severe cases, peripheral neuropathy can lead to amputation. This is why expert diabetic foot care is crucial.

What is involved in diabetic foot care?

Regular checkups with a doctor are key for monitoring foot health. With diabetes, poor circulation can cause small problems to become serious due to slow healing and increased risk of infection.

Doctors create individualized treatment plans emphasizing preventive care. Each case is different, so a tailored approach is essential.

What can I do on my own to care for my feet?

In addition to professional care, you can significantly reduce the risk of complications with:

  • Daily foot inspection
  • Gentle daily washing and drying
  • Wearing roomy shoes
  • Trimming toenails straight across
  • Always wearing socks

Daily self-care is vital for early detection of problems. Seek professional help immediately if you notice any issues.

For experienced diabetic foot care, contact Florida Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment online.