Up to 70% of diabetes patients suffer serious foot issues like diabetic neuropathy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Because of this, it’s especially important that you take great care of your feet, including regular podiatric exams. At St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein in St. Augustine, Florida, compassionate and experienced podiatrist Thomas LeBeau, DPM, FACCWS, helps with all aspects of diabetic foot care, including feet checkups, wound care, and more. Book online or by phone now.

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How often do I need a diabetic foot checkup?

If you suffer from diabetes, the American Diabetes Association® recommends having your feet examined at least once a year. If you have diabetes complications like diabetic neuropathy or foot ulcers, Dr. LeBeau will likely recommend more frequent checkups at St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein.

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot problems?

In addition to your regular checkups at St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein, it’s important to monitor your feet and legs daily at home. Symptoms of diabetic foot problems include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Cold feet
  • Lower leg pain
  • Foot and ankle swelling
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Warm-to-the-touch wounds
  • Tingling in your feet
  • Numb feet

If you experience any of these warning signs, schedule a visit to St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein as soon as possible. Dr. LeBeau can diagnose diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy), circulation issues, foot ulcers, and other issues, and then begin your treatment promptly.

What does diabetic foot care include?

Diabetic foot care treatments at St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein vary according to the problems you’re having. The most common diabetic foot problem is ulcers. When your wound doesn’t heal properly, the tissue breaks down and an ulcer forms.

Ulcers can easily become infected, making the problem worse. Dr. LeBeau performs diabetic ulcer wound care, including treatments like dressing the wound, removing dead tissue, and relieving pressure on your feet with custom orthotics.

If you have poor circulation, Dr. LeBeau can stimulate circulation in your feet and legs to encourage healing. If necessary, Dr. LeBeau can write you a prescription for special diabetic footwear.

How can I prevent diabetic feet problems?

In addition to examining your feet and legs daily, you can do a few extra things to avoid diabetic feet problems. Dr. LeBeau recommends that you control your blood sugar by working with your medical doctor.

Take good care of your feet by always wearing clean socks and shoes, washing your feet daily, and regularly trimming your toenails straight across. When you’re resting, elevate your feet to improve circulation.

Dr. LeBeau can give you some other specific recommendations during your exams at St. Augustine Foot, Ankle & Vein. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book your appointment today.