When it comes to seeking diabetic foot care, time is often of the essence.

If you are living with diabetes then chances are good that you know that you’re at risk for certain foot complications including ulcers and infections. The good news is that our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad specialize in diabetic foot care, so you always have an expert to turn to when problems arise.

What types of complications can arise from diabetes?

Diabetes can impact various systems and areas of the body, particularly the feet. In fact, your feet can provide warning signs to those with diabetes. Those with diabetes are more at risk for,

  • Nerve damage in the feet (this causes a loss of sensation)
  • Ulcers and sores
  • Infections
  • Amputation

It’s important that you are properly controlling your diabetes through insulin medication and a healthy lifestyle. If your diabetes isn’t properly controlled this is more likely to cause complications.

How often should I visit the podiatrist?

Even if you aren’t experiencing foot problems, you should still turn to our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists for a comprehensive checkup at least twice a year. Talk with our team to find out just how often you should come in for routine checkups. Of course, if you need to have your toenails trimmed or you are experiencing symptoms, you should also turn to us right away.

What are diabetic ulcers?

Ulcers are a common complication of diabetes and may result from a simple cut or injury to the foot. Injuries are often slower to heal when you have diabetes. Unfortunately, ulcers can also lead to some very serious complications and even amputation if left untreated, so it’s important to turn to our podiatrist immediately for ulcer treatment. The sooner the ulcer is treated the better.

Do I need specialty footwear?

Did you know that some shoes and socks are specially designed for diabetic feet? That’s because individuals with diabetes should never walk around barefoot, even in their own homes. Wearing shoes and socks can prevent foot injuries and keep feet safe. Our podiatrists can also craft custom orthotics to provide additional support and cushioning for your feet.

If you are dealing with diabetic complications or you require expert foot care, call our San Leandro, CA, podiatric team right away at (510) 483-3390 to get the immediate treatment and care you need.

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