Diabetic Foot Care in Gainesville, Florida
Foot Care and Diabetes Management
Foot care is one of the most overlooked components in the management of diabetes. Many who have diabetes are unaware that they need special foot care. Some of the foot problems that arise from diabetes include infections, ulcers, stiff joints and damaged nerve endings in the feet. These are referred to as peripheral neuropathy, which decreases blood circulation and therefore the body’s ability to heal.
The Role of a Podiatrist in Diabetes
With so many parts of the body being affected by diabetes, successful management of your symptoms requires a team approach. As such, having a podiatrist to treat your diabetes symptoms is critical to your overall health. At Jere A. Scola, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing foot complications resulting from diabetes. Making us part of your treatment plan will reduce your pain and prevent the need for amputation.
What You Can Do
Outside of your visits with our expert podiatrists, there are a number of things you can do to prevent the worsening of your symptoms. We recommend doing the following at home:
- Inspect your feet every day.
- Wear soft, thick socks to protect your feet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Obtain shoes that have been properly fitted and measured.
- Don't walk around barefoot.
If you notice anything out of the normal, come to our office rather than attempting treatment on your own. We can diagnose and treat your symptoms professionally. Our office supplies special shoes and compression stockings upon request. Our qualified podiatric team can even conduct an annual foot exam to help you detect problems early through on-site X-rays and other specialized equipment.
Get Podiatric Help
Once you become a patient of Jere A. Scola, you’ll know you have the best possible advocates on your side. We’re here to advocate and monitor your foot health through prevention, identification and patient education. Schedule your first appointment with us today and start feeling the relief.