Valerie Valdivieso-Diaz, DPM
Podiatry located in Miami, FL
People with diabetes have to contend with a number of health issues in addition to monitoring their blood glucose. One notable problem involves diabetic feet and legs, which can be prone to circulatory and nerve problems. If you have diabetes, you need to go for regular checkups with a podiatrist, and you should consult them immediately if you notice any changes in your feet. Valerie Valdivieso-Diaz, DPM, of Pacific Podiatry is a highly qualified podiatrist with extensive experience in treating diabetic foot problems. Call the Miami clinic or book an appointment online today.
DIABETIC FEET – Q&A
What problems can diabetes cause in feet?
Common foot problems such as corns, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, fungal infections, calluses, cracked skin, blisters, and ingrown toenails are more likely to occur in people with diabetes because the condition affects their immune system. All diabetic foot problems need treatment promptly to reduce the risk of infection and prevent complications.
There are also two more serious issues that affect diabetic feet: diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
If diabetes isn’t diagnosed soon enough or is left untreated, it can cause nerve damage, which means you may not feel temperature changes or pain. Not feeling pain or excessive heat and cold is dangerous; you could scald, freeze, or damage your foot and not realize what you’ve done.
Wounds that aren’t cleaned and treated could become infected, which in turn could lead to diabetic ulcers – serious wounds that can be resistant to healing. Diabetic neuropathy also affects muscles because damage to nerves affects the way you stand and walk, and could cause a buildup of pressure in one part of the foot.
What is peripheral vascular disease?
People with diabetes often experience problems with their circulation, and as the feet are furthest from the heart, they are the most vulnerable extremities. Wounds and injuries take longer to heal if you have poor circulation, and unhealed wounds can lead to ulcers and sometimes gangrene.
What’s the best way to avoid diabetic foot problems?
The most important part of your care plan is leading a healthy lifestyle and avoiding the triggers for diabetic complications. When you visit Pacific Podiatry, Dr. Valdivieso-Diaz discusses how to take care of your feet and provides all the advice you need in plain and straightforward language. She’s happy to talk about any of your concerns and answer your questions so that you have the knowledge and tools to manage your diabetes effectively.
What treatments are available for diabetic foot problems?
Treatment options depend on the cause of your problem and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Valdivieso-Diaz treats all diabetic foot problems, ranging from minor afflictions to more serious ulcers and conditions requiring surgery.
To discuss your situation and the diabetic foot treatments available, call Pacific Podiatry today or book an appointment online.
SERVICES WE OFFER
We are proud to participate with several government and commercial insurance plans. The Pacific Podiatry Center accepts most major insurance plans. We also welcome patients without insurance.
Please call our office at (786) 322-3111 and we will be happy to provide information regarding out-of-pocket costs.