Diabetic Foot Care
Here at Alpine Foot Specialists, our goal is to prevent complications due to diabetes. Therefore, we advise our diabetic patients to make appointments for routine foot screening and care every ten weeks. During these visits we examine patients’ feet and provide palliative foot care. Routine foot care includes nail, callus, and corn trimming, as well as, ingrown toenail treatment. This helps to prevent skin breakdown and infections. We also evaluate the feet for deformities that can lead to calluses, skin breakdown, ulcerations (wounds), infection, and amputation. These foot deformities may be treated with accommodative orthotics to pad and take pressure off of bony areas. Your podiatrist may also suggest surgical correction of foot deformities if they are causing ulcers and infections.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, we suggest that you examine your feet daily for cuts, bruises, wounds, and signs of infection. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, drainage, odor, and pain. If you experience any of these symptoms or an injury, please make an appointment right away. We will make sure you are seen by one of our physicians within 24 hours. If you are experiencing an emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the office, leave a message on the emergency voicemail, and a physician will call you right away. Our physicians are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.