Diabetic Foot Care

Premier Houston Foot Doctor

If you suffer from foot problems related to diabetes, come to our office at Houston Foot Specialists to receive the highest quality treatment. We regularly see patients dealing with this particular problem and understand how to safely and effectively treat this condition.

We will help you understand how to examine parts of your foot for issues, such as:

  • Tips of the toes
  • Tops of the toes
  • Ball of the foot
  • Bottom of the heel
  • Back of the heel
  • Outside of big toe
  • Outside of foot

Carefully checking the status of your feet on a daily basis is essential for ensuring long-term health and functionality. If you are a diabetic with foot problems, getting regular checkups with your foot doctor is essential. Visit us for valuable, practical instruction on how to ensure you are taking care of your precious feet. Call our office today at (713) 467-8886.

Diabetes is becoming more and more widespread every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share that almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, an increase of around 3 million since 2010. Just as important: another 86 million adults are in the pre-diabetic stage. The numbers are staggering, which makes it that much more essential that we provide the most up-to-date information so those with the disease can manage it properly and protect their health.

Foot problems are a very serious risk if you have diabetes. Without the right diabetic foot care, ulcers, wounds, infection, and gangrene can lead to hospitalization and possible amputation of a toe, foot, or even leg. These severe situations can be avoided, however, with diligent foot care, regular visits with Dr. Aleisha Allen, proper footwear, and prompt treatment for symptoms and injuries. Diligence makes a difference, and we can help keep you and your feet healthy and free of pain and injury.

Concerning Complications

Diabetes affects every area of your body. Elevated blood sugar levels can impact your organs, nerves, and tissues. Your lower limbs and feet are especially vulnerable to serious and even life-threatening complications.

Poor circulation and nerve damage (neuropathy) are common complications with this disease. With neuropathy, your ability to feel heat, cold, and pain is limited or absent and a small injury can go unnoticed. Poor circulation reduces your blood supply, which can then significantly slow down the healing process if you do sustain an injury.

You need to be diligent with managing your diet and glucose levels as well as your foot care to monitor for any warning signs. Make the effort to implement a daily foot care routine that becomes second nature. Inspect your feet on a daily basis and seek help at the first sight of even the smallest of symptoms. This kind of diligence will help you avoid serious foot complications and possible amputation.

Warning Signs

Seek treatment if you have red spots, sores, blisters or skin abrasions, dry cracks in the skin, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, fungal toenails, swelling of the foot or ankle, pain in your legs, changes in skin color, numbness in feet and toes, bleeding, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes.

Protect Yourself

While this condition may cause complications, the methods you can use to protect yourself and your feet are not complicated. Eating a well balanced, healthy diet will help keep glucose levels under control and help you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise daily and monitor your blood sugar levels closely. It is also important to avoid smoking, as it is a contributing factor to poor circulation. If you have a common foot abnormality such as hammertoes, bunions, or flat feet, we may suggest wearing prescription shoes or using orthotics protect your feet from further damage or injury. We can provide you with an easy-to-follow list of diabetic do’s and don’ts when it comes to daily foot care that involves how to properly wash feet, trim toenails, care for injuries, and more.

We Can Help

With your diligent efforts and our expert foot care, you can live a very active and full life if you have diabetes. If you feel overwhelmed by how to best care for your feet, or have a question or concern about your foot health, we are here for you—contact Dr. Aleisha Allen at Houston Foot Specialists. You can reach our office in Houston, TX by calling (713) 467-8886, or you can make an appointment online.