Diabetic Foot Care

Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic

Mikol Anderson, DPM

Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Salt Lake City, UT

Serious diabetic foot ulcers affect as many as 13% of diabetic patients in the United States, especially those with Type 2 diabetes. Because diabetic wound infections increase your risk of amputation, it's important to visit Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, as soon as possible. Mikol Anderson, DPM, provides diabetic foot care management to help you stay healthy. If you have diabetes or any kind of foot wound, schedule an exam online or by calling the office today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Why do I need diabetic foot care?

When you have diabetes, circulation throughout your body is affected, particularly in your feet. Without that adequate blood supply, your skin dries out, which can lead to cracks and slow-healing wounds.

Ongoing circulation issues and high blood sugar spikes can also damage nerves and cause numbness (diabetic neuropathy), so when a wound does occur, you might not notice it until it becomes severely infected. 

A few examples of serious medical conditions that could occur due to diabetes are Charcot foot and diabetic foot ulcers. 

Diabetic foot care incorporates both prevention and treatment. Dr. Anderson counsels you on lifestyle changes you can make to prevent diabetic foot wounds while treating any wounds you may currently have. 

The goal of diabetic foot care management is to ensure your feet are healthy and to reduce your risk of amputation. 

What happens during a diabetic foot care exam?

During your diabetic foot exam at the office, you can expect comprehensive care. Dr. Anderson evaluates you as a whole person, rather than simply targeting a concern you may have with your feet. Depending on your health history, Dr. Anderson may:

  • Trim your toenails 
  • Check your reflexes
  • Evaluate you for signs of nerve damage
  • Talk with you about blood sugar management 
  • Get you fitted for custom orthotics or diabetic shoes
  • Treat ingrown toenails or wounds (wound debridement)

Dr. Anderson can even partner with your primary care doctor or another specialist to ensure your diabetes management plan is efficient at stabilizing your blood sugar levels. 

How can I prevent diabetic foot wounds?

Once Dr. Anderson treats any foot wounds you may have, he spends time counseling you on preventive measures you can take to minimize your risk of wounds. When you have diabetes, it’s important to:

  • Inspect your feet daily for cuts, skin issues, blisters, and other growths
  • Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water
  • Ensure your shoes fit comfortably
  • Avoid going barefoot, even at home
  • Apply a thick moisturizing foot cream daily 
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Avoid smoking
  • Engage in physical activity such as walking and swimming

In general, Dr. Anderson recommends you come in for a diabetic foot care exam every two or three months. If you have a history of diabetic wounds, Dr. Anderson could recommend more frequent visits. 

He also encourages you to come into the clinic any time you develop a wound, even if it seems minor. 

Book your diabetic foot care evaluation at Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic today. You can conveniently schedule a visit either online or over the phone.