Diabetic Feet Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

If you have diabetes, it’s possible that you’re feeling the effects on your feet. Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, has a team professionally trained in treating diabetic feet, providing the most expert care. At the practice, Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, look forward to treating you with the highest level of expertise. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Feet Q & A

What are diabetic feet?

Uncontrolled diabetes causes high blood sugar levels. If the levels aren’t reduced, nerve damage can set in, causing diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. When blood flow is limited in your feet, blood vessel damage can occur. 

Blood flow is essential to keep your feet healthy by providing a regular supply of nutrients and oxygen. If circulation slows down or stops, the tissues in your feet begin to die, causing serious infections. When there’s a lack of circulation in your feet, you can develop gangrene, which is the death of tissue. Serious cases can result in amputation of the toes, foot, or feet.

What happens during an exam for diabetic feet?

Your physician at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics carefully examines your feet with visual inspection, and they may also take an X-ray. If dead or damaged tissue is found on the feet, your provider may have to surgically remove it to get your blood circulating to the feet again. 

During your exam, your physician may check your glucose levels, trim your toenails, smooth rough places on your feet, recommend compression stockings to wear, and prescribe antibiotics, if needed.

Keeping your feet in the best condition possible is the goal at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics. Avoiding serious medical issues with diabetic feet can be accomplished with the right care.

What are the basic ways to care for diabetic feet?

If you have diabetes, responsible foot care is important to prevent serious medical conditions with your feet. Steps include:

  • Getting routine check-ups for your feet to ensure they are at optimal health
  • Trimming toenails to avoid ingrown toenails to reduce any chance of infection
  • Wearing proper footwear to provide excellent support
  • Washing feet daily to keep the feet rid of bacteria
  • Observing the tops and bottoms of your feet and in between your toes for scrapes or bruising

Getting in the habit of caring for your feet on a daily basis ensures less chance of serious issues developing. As a diabetic, keeping your feet healthy can affect your overall health.

If you’d like to have a consultation with Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics about diabetic feet, call or book an online appointment today.