Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Lake Erie Podiatry

Michael Ruiz, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Millcreek, Erie, PA

Managing foot complications from diabetes can be a challenge, but a skilled, attentive podiatrist can help. Michael Ruiz, DPM, and the team at Lake Erie Podiatry provide expert diabetic foot care and can help prevent diabetic wounds and amputations. To learn more, call the office in Erie, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect the feet?

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of foot complications. Foot issues that would be minor for people without diabetes can cause serious problems, like ulcers and infections. Thankfully, diabetic foot complications are usually preventable through proper diabetic foot care.

There are a few closely related reasons why diabetes can affect your feet. Many people with diabetes have nerve damage, also known as peripheral neuropathy, so they lose the feeling in their feet. Diabetes also affects your circulation, so wounds take longer to heal than they would for people without diabetes.

How can I tell if I need diabetic foot care?

When you have peripheral neuropathy, you may not notice when you have a cut or other wound because you don’t feel pain. For some individuals, the numbness causes them to overlook diabetic foot issues. Unfortunately, if you have circulation issues, even a small crack in your skin can take a very long time to heal, leaving you more vulnerable to infection.

If you don’t check your feet regularly for wounds, you may not notice that there's anything wrong until you have a serious infection. Also, because diabetes affects your immune system, your body has a harder time fighting infections.

If they’re left untreated, the only treatment for diabetic foot ulcers may be to amputate your toe, foot, or part of your leg. To avoid that possibility, it’s important to know how to take care of your feet when you have diabetes.

How can I practice proper diabetic foot care?

As with other diabetes complications, you’re less likely to develop neuropathy and foot wounds if you keep your blood sugar under control. Take medication as prescribed and follow your doctor’s treatment plan, including diet and exercise. 

Lake Erie Podiatry helps you take precautions to prevent diabetic foot wounds. Roomy, comfortable footwear can help you stay comfortable and minimize your risk of foot wounds. Dr. Ruiz can recommend specialized diabetic shoes, as well as orthotic insoles. 

If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet daily. You should also keep your feet clean and moisturized. If you experience a diabetic wound, Dr. Ruiz uses the most modern methods and products to treat it quickly. In many cases, these treatments prevent the need for an amputation.   

To schedule a diabetic foot care appointment, call Lake Erie Podiatry or use the online booking tool today.