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Diabetic Foot Care

Southwest Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Diabetic Foot Care Specialists located in St. George, UT & Ely, NV

In the United States alone, diabetes-related complications account for over half of foot amputations. Because ongoing diabetic foot care can lower your risk of serious infections and amputations, David Magnesen, DPM, and Ryan Peterson, DPM, provide comprehensive care at Southwest Foot & Ankle in St. George, Utah, and Ely, Nevada. If you’re due for a routine diabetic foot care exam or if you have a new symptom (like foot numbness), request a visit today. You can also call the office nearest you to book an appointment.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Why is diabetic foot care important?

Diabetic foot care is important to keep your feet healthy and infection-free, which helps lower your risk of amputation. Your podiatrist can diagnose and manage any of the foot and ankle complications diabetics regularly face, including:

  • Foot deformities
  • Decreased blood flow
  • Dry and discolored skin
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Slow-healing wounds and ulcers
  • Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Toenail problems, including toenail fungus

By undergoing preventive diabetic foot care, you can lower your risk of these issues — and others — and get medical treatment early on if any diabetic foot complications arise.

What can I expect during a diabetic foot care exam?

Southwest Foot & Ankle is known for providing comprehensive diabetic foot care for children, adults, and seniors. The team collaborates to ensure you receive the care and attention you need during every appointment.

While your diabetic foot care exam is personalized to you and the health of your feet, your podiatrist may perform any of the following evaluations:

  • Nerve testing
  • Blood pressure check
  • Toe pressure measurement
  • Ankle-brachial index for PVD

Your dedicated podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle also needs to evaluate your medical history. It’s important to let them know about how you manage your diabetes and any history of high glucose, especially for extended periods.

How does a podiatrist treat diabetic feet?

Treating diabetic feet involves both preventive solutions and medical intervention for cases where you already have concerning issues (such as nerve damage). Depending on your needs, your podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle might recommend:

  • Toenail fungus treatment
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Corn or callus removal
  • Diabetic wound care
  • Custom orthotics
  • Diabetic shoes

If you currently have a serious diabetic foot ulcer, your podiatrist can remove dead or decayed tissue. Serious complications, such as gangrene, may require surgical repair and tissue grafting, a procedure known as limb salvage. In any case, no matter how minor or how complex your diabetic foot issues may be, the podiatrists at Southwest Foot & Ankle can help.

Southwest Foot & Ankle offers comprehensive diabetic foot care solutions. If you have diabetes, don’t hesitate to request an exam through the website or over the phone with either office.