Diabetic Foot Ulcers Specialist

LA Foot and Ankle Care

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Reseda, CA & Glendale, CA

Diabetic foot care is essential to your health because diabetes puts you at risk for circulation issues, diabetic foot ulcers, and loss of sensation in your feet. The expert podiatry team at LA Foot and Ankle Care provides gentle and effective care for diabetic foot ulcers and other foot and ankle issues related to diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) so you can stay as healthy as possible. Located in Reseda and Glendale, California, the team is ready to help you. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Why does diabetes cause foot problems?

Diabetes causes high blood sugar, which can damage the blood vessels in your feet and ankles. Over time, uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood sugar permanently damages the blood vessels and nerves in your feet, increasing your risk of infection and injury.

Even small cuts or bruises can become problematic because diabetes slows down your body’s natural healing process. Small cuts and abrasions can become a bigger problem and may turn into ulcerations or open wounds if not treated properly. 

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) causes similar problems by damaging the blood vessels in your feet and legs, leading to ulcers.

Why are diabetic foot ulcers dangerous?

If diabetic foot ulcers are left untreated, they’re not likely to heal on their own. The injured tissue can decay, turning into gangrene. If gangrene develops, you may need an amputation to stop an infection or gangrene from spreading to the rest of your foot or leg.

PAD can develop due to diabetes, high cholesterol, or as a part of the aging process. PAD involves buildup of fat deposits along the inside of your blood vessels. This can damage your blood vessels, causing foot ulcers, and increases your risk of foot and leg pain as well as stroke.

How do podiatrists treat foot ulcers?

The team at LA Foot and Ankle Care aims to provide conservative treatment of foot ulcers whenever possible. Treatment includes carefully removing damaged tissue, cleaning the wound, and bandaging the area to promote healing. 

Your doctor can apply topical medications or prescribe oral medications to relieve pain, prevent infection, and promote healing.

Surgical treatment, including stem cell grafts, is recommended for diabetic ulcers that don’t heal with conservative care.

How can I prevent diabetic foot ulcers?

The team provides personalized foot care to protect your feet and overall health. In addition to regular foot exams, the team also recommends:

  • Wearing shoes that fit properly
  • Washing your feet daily with warm, soapy water
  • Avoiding cutting your nails too short
  • Checking your feet daily for cuts, scrapes, and signs of injury
  • Looking inside your shoes for rocks or pebbles before putting them on

If you do develop a cut, sore, or ingrown toenail, visit LA Foot and Ankle Care right away for treatment so you can start the healing process sooner.

To get treatment for your diabetic foot ulcer, call the office to schedule an appointment.

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