Diabetic Feet

Eastside Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR & Gresham, OR

If you're living with diabetes, your feet need special care. At Eastside Foot & Ankle, Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, provide the expert podiatric services you need. People with diabetes may be at risk for serious foot problems like ulcers and infections, but the Eastside Foot & Ankle team offers one-on-one care to keep your feet healthy. With two convenient locations in Portland and Gresham, Oregon, it's always easy to get help when you need it most. Call either office today or book an appointment online.

Diabetic Feet Q & A

What foot conditions are linked to diabetes?

If you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is essential. Many people with diabetes develop serious problems with their toes and feet, and some even need to have a toe or foot amputated. People with diabetes may be at risk for:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Fungal infections
  • Calluses and corns
  • Blisters and bunions
  • Foot ulcers
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenails

Top-quality foot care helps keep your feet healthy. The experts at Eastside Foot & Ankle can develop a customized treatment plan just for you. Your care plan is designed to resolve existing problems and prevent diabetes-related complications.

Why does diabetes often affect the feet?

Diabetes can restrict blood flow to your legs and slow down your healing. If your diabetes is not well-controlled, your toes and feet may not get enough blood to keep your tissues healthy. Over time, you may develop painful ulcers or other signs of poor blood flow.

People with diabetes are also vulnerable to infections. In a healthy person, mild skin infections are usually not serious, but if you have diabetes, your body may not be able to fight off the infection on its own. Without treatment, the infection can spread and worsen.

How can I tell if there's something wrong with my feet?

It's essential to check your legs and feet each day for signs of sores, blisters, or signs of infection. The experts at Eastside Foot & Ankle can help you learn how to perform a thorough self-exam.

If you notice any new symptoms or changes in your feet, don't wait. Call Eastside Foot & Ankle right away to schedule an appointment with a qualified podiatrist. Your podiatrist can perform an in-depth exam to detect foot problems early.

What methods treat diabetic feet?

Most foot problems can be quickly resolved with the right treatment. Corns and calluses can be removed right in the Eastside Foot & Ankle office. If you have an infection, you may need medication or prescription cream to clear it up.

Because diabetes slows down your healing, foot sores and ulcers can develop without warning. In some cases, you may need a minor surgical procedure to clear away diseased tissue. The Eastside Foot & Ankle team can help you explore your options and choose a minimally invasive treatment.

Regular visits to a podiatrist are a vital part of managing your diabetes. Let the experts at Eastside Foot & Ankle help. Call either office today or book an appointment online.