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Diabetic Foot Care FAQ

Why do I have to see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Unfortunately, even if you control your diabetes well you can have manifestations of the disease in your feet. Diabetes can lead to foot problems including poor blood flow, swelling, numbness and sores that if left untreated can lead to amputation. Visiting a podiatrist is important to help prevent these problems in order to keep your feet healthy.

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Is a blister on a diabetic foot an emergency?

Yes. A blister on a diabetic foot can be the only outward sign of a severe infection. Diabetic feet do not usually respond to infections like a “normal foot.”  Redness, heat and drainage are usually the signs of an infection. A small blister can be an even earlier sign. The earlier you can seek attention, generally the better the outcomes. If you see a blister, call our office.

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Why is exercise encouraged with a good diet?

Exercise has long been considered an important method to improve and prevent diabetes. It has been shown in multiple studies to improve blood sugar and it improves insulin sensitivity.

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