We cannot stress enough the importance of diabetic foot care. When you have diabetes, high blood sugar and poor circulation attribute to a loss of feeling in the feet, also known as diabetic neuropathy. Foot problems, like ulcers and wounds, may go unnoticed because you can’t feel them. By then, the problem may already have progressed to the point where you need amputation.

To avoid serious problems, it’s simple: Check your feet daily. This way, you can see a doctor if you notice any breaks in the skin like cracks or sores. You should also visit the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group if any part of your lower limb is discolored, becoming red, blue, or darker or lighter than normal. Another warning sign is extra swelling around a blister or injury.

To further practice diabetic foot care, wear shoes that won’t create blisters or extra friction, never walk barefoot, and see a podiatrist regularly. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso, call (916) 961-3434 or visit our office in Carmichael, CA.

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