Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetic Foot Care services offered in Sugar Land, TX
Up to 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes –– a disease that causes high blood sugar. Enroll in diabetic foot care if you have diabetes. Routine checkups and preventive screenings can reduce the risk of complications and improve your quality of life. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, located in Sugar Land, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM, provides diabetic foot care to people of all ages. Book an appointment by calling our office or scheduling online today.
What is diabetic foot care?
Diabetic foot care is a podiatry subspecialty that diagnoses and treats diabetes-related foot problems. Diabetes causes your blood sugar levels to spike. If you don’t take steps to lower it, you might experience more serious issues, like peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage).
If you have peripheral neuropathy and cut yourself or develop a blister, you might not feel it. Without treatment, the wound may become infected, increasing your risk of gangrene or amputation.
Who can benefit from diabetic foot care?
Make a diabetic foot care appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Skin discoloration
- Loss of body hair
- Diminished ability to feel hot and cold
You should also enroll in diabetic foot care if you have diabetes and develop a sore or another slow-healing wound on your feet or ankles.
What happens during a diabetic foot care visit?
At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, a diabetic foot care visit begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms. Dr. Vargas also asks how long you’ve had diabetes, what type you have, and how you keep it in check.
Next, Dr. Vargas examines your feet, toes, and legs. He presses on your skin with various tools to see if you experience numbness or tingling. If you have an open wound, Dr. Vargas collects a sample and sends it to a lab for analysis. He might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to see how far the wound extends beneath your skin.
After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Vargas makes treatment recommendations. The goal of diabetic foot care is to keep your blood sugar balanced and reduce the risk of complications.
What services does diabetic foot care provide?
At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Vargas offers various diabetic foot care services. Depending on your age and the type of diabetes you have, he might recommend:
- Insulin therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Prescription diabetic shoes
- Wound care
- Prescription antibiotics
- Wound debridement
- Routine checkups
If you have diabetes, establishing a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Dr. Vargas recommends exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. To learn more about the benefits of diabetic foot care, request an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling our office or booking online today.
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