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Diabetic Foot Care

Ahmed S. Bata, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Ahmed S. Bata, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Podiatrist located in San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Loma Linda, CA & The Inland Empire, Riverside, CA

If you have diabetes, understanding and practicing good foot care is imperative for avoiding serious foot conditions. At Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. in Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, California, Ahmed Bata, MD, offers expert, diabetic foot care solutions. If you’re suffering from symptoms in your feet such as numbness, sores, or redness, call the nearest office or book a consultation online.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

What causes diabetic foot problems?

Foot problems can develop due to vascular and neurological changes associated with diabetes. These changes alter the sensation and blood supply to your lower extremities, causing diabetic foot conditions such as foot ulcers, charcot arthropathy, and osteomyelitis.

Altered sensations in the lower extremities can cause you to lose the ability to feel pain in your feet and toes, even when you have foot ulcers or suffer trauma to your foot. In addition, a lack of blood supply to the feet and toes decreases their ability to fight infection when you have a wound.

To prevent these conditions, the experts at the Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. offer treatments for your specific needs.

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot problems?

Diabetic foot issues can show different signs that vary from person to person. Symptoms include:

  • Skin changes (redness or swelling)
  • Skin ulcers
  • Signs of infection (fever or redness)
  • Foot deformity
  • Numbness
  • Pain or tingling
  • Sores without pain
  • Red streaks

If symptoms go untreated, an infection may develop. It’s important to receive education about regular foot care to avoid serious diabetic foot conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms, come in to see Dr. Bata for an assessment of your condition and top-notch, professional care.

What is diabetic foot care?

When you have diabetes, blood sugar surges cause problems throughout your body, including in your blood vessels and nerves. Your feet have the most distance from your heart, so the blood circulation is limited, making the healing process for wounds occur very slowly, which can lead to infection. Performing routine foot care can ward off serious issues in the future.

Routine foot care includes:

  • Checking for blisters, sores, and cuts daily
  • Keeping your nails cut straight across the top to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Wearing clean socks to bed
  • Bathing your feet in lukewarm water, never too hot
  • Keeping your blood sugar levels well-controlled
  • Not smoking because it restricts blood flow
  • Seeing your specialist periodically for foot exams

Practicing these steps can help prevent the development of infections which can lead to amputations.

If you’re suffering from diabetic foot problems, the team at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. is ready to give you expert care that gets you back to feeling your best. Call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.