Specialized Program to Manage Diabetic Foot Problems
Loyola Medicine’s diabetic foot care program is specially focused on managing the foot care of diabetic patients, especially those with diabetic (Charcot) foot. Patients with diabetes can develop minor foot problems that can worsen over time. If left untreated, severe injury and deformity can occur.
Loyola’s healthcare team will give you the tools to manage your diabetes, be alert to potential problems and prevent minor issues from getting worse. Our team of specialists will partner with you to check your feet and toenails regularly, tracking your progress through daily self foot exams and appointments with your doctor. It’s important to be on the lookout for foot swelling, foot pain, calluses, bunions and darkened skin.
Your Loyola diabetic foot specialist can provide treatment for:
- Cracking feet or calluses
- Darkened skin or erythema
- Diabetic (Charcot) foot
- Diabetic foot infection (DFI)
- Infections and wounds that won’t heal
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Poor circulation
- Ulcers and ulcer prevention
Your Loyola diabetic foot care team can also provide recommendations for improving diet and safely increasing physical activity to manage your diabetes and prevent complications. It is important to stay in regular contact with your doctor and have your feet checked. If you are diabetic and find an injury on your foot, see a doctor immediately.
Prevention and Screening
How to Manage Diabetic Foot Problems
If you are a patient with diabetes, you must keep your feet healthy and check them every day for problems. The American Diabetes Association provides the following suggestions for taking care of your feet:
- Be active and continue to medically manage your diabetes.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet by putting them up when sitting. A few times a day, wiggle your toes and move your ankles for a five-minute period.
- Keep the skin of your feet soft and smooth and keep your toenails short.
- Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters or injuries.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times, protecting your feet from heat, cold and damp.