Diabetic Foot Care in Richmond VA.
Why do I need diabetic foot care?
When you have diabetes and your blood sugar levels aren't well-controlled, you're at increased risk for permanent nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). Nerve damage can cause persistent tingling sensations and numbness before you ultimately lose feeling in certain areas of your body.
If the damage occurs in the nerves of your feet, you may not be able to feel blisters or sores that develop. Over time, untreated wounds can worsen and lead to a serious infection that spreads to other areas of your body. Infections can also increase your risk for tissue death that ultimately results in the loss of your toes and feet via amputation surgery.
Dr. Shah or Dr. Khan and their exceptional team at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery in Richmond provide comprehensive diabetic foot care services that focus on preventing foot-related complications and the need for amputation.
When should I schedule a diabetic foot care consultation?
Anyone with diabetes can benefit from routine foot checks with our experenced poditrist Dr. Shah or Dr. Khan. The New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery team recommends scheduling an initial consultation to discuss wound-prevention strategies you can incorporate into your life to protect the health of your feet.
You also need to schedule a diagnostic evaluation if you have diabetes and develop foot issues like:
If you notice discoloration in your skin, swelling, or other signs of an infection, schedule an appointment without delay to prevent a worsening of your condition.
What can I expect during a diabetic foot care consultation?
During your initial consultation, our team reviews your medical history and discusses the treatments you're on to control your diabetes. They also physically examine your feet to identify any issues that need treatment.
If you have blisters or ulcers that need treatment, the team cleans the area and creates a treatment plan to help you heal.
Dr. Shah or Dr. Khan also provide comprehensive resources to prevent diabetic foot complications, such as:
- Guidance for daily foot checks
- Toenail trimming techniques
- Daily foot cleaning and moisturizing tips
- Lifestyle changes to improve blood circulation in your legs and feet
You also need to schedule regular checkups with your primary care provider and follow your diabetes treatment plan to ensure your blood sugar levels are well controlled.