Diabetic Feet

Tri-County Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Brighton, MI; Livonia, MI; Sterling Heights, MI; Troy, MI; Taylor, MI; and Trenton, MI

If you have diabetes, it’s important not just to keep your blood sugar under control, but also to be aware of potential complications, including peripheral neuropathy and foot wounds. Board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, help you manage and prevent diabetic foot complications. They have six convenient locations throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Diabetic Feet Q & A

How does diabetes affect the feet?

When you have diabetes, foot problems that are minor for most people can easily lead to complications. To prevent diabetes-related foot issues, you need to take special care of your feet.

Diabetes often causes problems with blood circulation, so sores and wounds heal more slowly than usual. Because of this, a small cut or blister can lead to serious infections or even, in extreme cases, amputation.

In addition to circulation problems, many people with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that causes a loss of feeling in your feet. If you have neuropathy, you may not feel pain from a cut or blister, so you need to regularly check your feet for any signs of a wound.

How do I prevent diabetic foot complications?

As with other complications of diabetes, regulating your blood sugar is vital to prevent diabetic foot wounds and neuropathy. Doing so can improve your circulation and nerve function. Diabetes management includes:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking medication and/or supplemental insulin

To prevent and manage diabetic foot complications, you also need to take good care of your feet, including by:

  • Washing and drying your feet every day with warm water and mild soap
  • Inspecting your feet every day for cuts, blisters, sores, scratches, and calluses
  • Moisturizing your feet if you have dry skin, a common symptom of neuropathy
  • Wearing closed-toed shoes and never walking around barefoot, even at home

Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna can give you guidance on taking care of your feet, including recommendations for soaps and lotions that are safe to use. If you notice any swelling or bruising, or signs of a wound or infection, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Don’t try to treat a foot injury at home, as this can increase your risk of infection.

How do diabetic shoes lessen foot complications?

Therapeutic shoes designed for people with diabetes can improve your circulation, protect your skin from wounds, and relieve pressure on your feet. Features of diabetic shoes include:

  • A soft, padded interior
  • No interior stitching, which can irritate your feet
  • Lightweight, breathable fabrics
  • Shock-absorbing soles
  • Extra room for your toes and wide widths

The doctors write prescriptions for diabetic footwear as well as orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts.  

Foot care is a crucial part of diabetes management. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna either online or over the phone.