Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Podiatric Foot & Ankle Specialist located in Renton, WA

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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects almost every part of your body, including your feet. Diabetic foot is a serious complication of diabetes that can lead to infections and limb amputations. At Roka Foot and Ankle Centers in Renton, Washington, Jacqueline Buckley, DPM, takes a collaborative and proactive approach to diabetic foot care. Dr. Buckley schedules regular appointments to monitor your feet and provides expert diabetic wound care when needed. For personalized diabetic foot care from an experienced podiatrist, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is an essential part of your diabetes management plan. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body uses glucose, the primary energy source for all the cells in your body. 

People with diabetes have higher than normal amounts of glucose in their blood — too much glucose in the blood damages the blood vessels, organs, tissues, and nerves. 

Many people with diabetes have damage to the blood vessels in their legs and feet, affecting circulation. They also have nerve damage, affecting sensations like feeling pain. 

Poor circulation and nerve damage in your feet put you at risk of developing a serious foot problem. If you have a cut or blister on your foot, you may not feel it because of the nerve damage, and it may not heal because of poor circulation.

When left untreated, your cut or blister may lead to a severe wound and infection that may result in an amputation. Diabetic foot care is all about preventing foot problems.

Dr. Buckley has years of experience treating diabetic wounds at the office.

When do I need diabetic foot care?

If you have diabetes, you need diabetic foot care. The frequency of your visits at Roka Foot and Ankle Centers depends on the severity of your blood vessel and nerve damage.

However, you should schedule an appointment right away if you have:

  • Dry, cracked skin on your feet
  • Fungus toenails
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Blister 
  • Cut
  • Callus or corn
  • Heel pain
  • Foot or ankle fracture

Getting diabetic foot care when you notice any problem affecting your feet is the best way to prevent a serious infection and health complications.

What can I expect during diabetic foot care?

You can expect patient-centered care when you visit Roka Foot and Ankle Centers for diabetic foot care. Dr. Buckley first reviews your concerns and medical history. She may also ask about your blood glucose numbers.

Dr. Buckley examines your feet and provides any care you might need, such as trimming toenails, removing corns or calluses, and treating any cuts or wounds.

She also talks to you about at-home foot care and may recommend custom orthotics to protect your feet and prevent problems like cuts or blisters.

For expert diabetic foot care, call Roka Foot and Ankle Centers or schedule an appointment online today.