Desert Canyon Foot & Ankle
Podiatrists located in Avondale, AZ
If you’re one of the millions of people with diabetes in the United States, you know having healthy feet is essential to your care. Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer and Dr. Randall Brower at Desert Canyon Foot & Ankle provide diabetic foot care to men and women in the Avondale, Arizona, area. Whether you need a checkup and inspection or need help treating a wound or ulcer, they can help. Schedule your appointment online or by calling their office today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q & A
What is diabetic foot care?
If you have diabetes, your nerves can be impacted all over your body, even your feet. This leads to what’s known as diabetic neuropathy, which impacts circulation and may affect your ability to heal and feel pain.
Diabetic foot care at Desert Canyon Foot and Ankle is an essential piece of your diabetic care, as it works to prevent ulcers and infections from forming.
Some of your care is done at home on your own, while some is done as part of your regular visit to the podiatrists at Desert Canyon Foot & Ankle.
What does diabetic foot care entail?
Your treatment plan for diabetic foot care at Desert Canyon entails many aspects. The most important one is keeping your foot clean.
If you have diabetes, be sure to thoroughly wash your feet every day. Clean between your toes and dry your feet well. Then, perform a visual inspection of your feet to look for any sores, redness, or other visible indicators of infection or foot problems.
If you notice any issues — including ingrown toenails — during your inspection, be sure to visit the Desert Canyon podiatrists immediately.
Diabetic foot care should include regular podiatrist visits. As part of your care, Dr. Pfitzer or Dr. Brower examines your foot and provides instruction on how to treat any issues at home.
You should also visit them if you develop an ulcer on your foot or have a wound. Dr. Pfitzer and Dr. Brower use creams, medications, and ointment to help heal these wounds and prevent infection.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
If you have diabetes, having clean feet and performing regular inspections is vital. If you have a wound that gets infected, other complications can arise.
Poor diabetic foot care can lead to:
- Gangrene in the foot
- Sepsis of the blood in the foot
- Amputation of the foot
What can I do to keep my diabetic feet healthy?
The biggest thing you can do to keep your diabetic feet healthy is to clean and inspect them daily. While cleaning them or clipping your nails, be careful, as you may not be able to feel pain as well and could wound yourself.
Make regular visits to the Desert Canyon Foot and Ankle podiatrists so that they can inspect your feet and make sure that they’re still healthy.
If you have diabetes, make an appointment with them online or by calling the office today.