Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Sugar Land, TX

Diabetes has dangerous consequences for your feet when they’re not properly cared for. Even a minor cut can cause a serious issue. That’s why Nesha Prasla, DPM, and the team at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, work closely with people with diabetes to ensure their feet are kept in good health. People with diabetes should see a podiatrist a minimum of twice a year. To schedule your next diabetic foot care checkup, call the office or book an appointment online with Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

The same high glucose levels that cause diabetes can also create issues with your feet, mainly through the loss of blood circulation and nerve function. Common foot ailments that affect people with diabetes include: 

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Gangrene
  • Infections, including abscesses, osteomyelitis, and cellulitis

Treating your diabetes is the first step in taking care of your feet. Controlling your blood sugar levels with medication and a proper diet can limit your risk of diabetic foot conditions. However, regular foot care is a vital part of diabetic care, as symptoms can quickly progress to a severity that requires amputation of all or part of your foot. 

What is diabetic foot care?

There are a variety of practices every diabetic should implement to take care of their feet. Dr. Prasla will work with you to find the best diabetic foot care methods, including:

  • Daily checks for cuts or sores
  • Washing your feet daily
  • Protecting your feet from extreme temperatures
  • Keeping your toenails trimmed
  • Always wearing socks and shoes
  • Scheduling an appointment for corns and calluses

Everyone requires different care for their feet. It’s important to schedule and maintain regular appointments with Dr. Prasla to ensure your feet stay healthy. 

What does a diabetic foot care appointment entail?

While every medical appointment should include an evaluation of your feet, you should also have a thorough foot exam at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists twice a year to keep any foot issues from becoming a major condition. 

Depending on what is found during your foot exam, Dr. Prasla may perform nail trimming and ingrown toenail removal, remove corn and calluses, or conduct nerve testing.

Additionally, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Prasla if you experience any of the following: 

  • Changes in the shape of your foot
  • Loss of feeling (neuropathy) in your feet
  • Wound or foot ulcer that isn’t healing
  • Peripheral artery disease

Maintaining proper medical care for your feet is a vital part of your diabetic regimen. To keep your feet healthy, call the office or book an appointment online with Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists today.