Protect Your Feet. Know The Way To Care For Them

OK, let's start with the ending: Amputation. For too many diabetics that is the end point following a time where their foot care and symptoms were ignored.

We don't want that ending, so let's rewrite the story and the board certified foot and ankle specialists and vascular surgeons at St. Joseph's/Candler are here to help keep you healthy. 

High levels of blood glucose will damage the nerve endings in feet, as well as other parts of the body. That makes feeling pain like a cut difficult and not treating it can lead to infection. But also, 10 percent of people with diabetes will develop foot ulcers. This is diabetic neuropathy. 

Peripheral vascular disease is poor blood flow in the arms and legs. This can also cause ulcers to develop or even gangrene. 

Foot and ankle specialists, or podiatrists, can play a huge role in diabetes care and quickly diagnose and treat a foot problem before it becomes something life altering. 

How to prevent diabetic foot problems

  • Follow your doctor's plan for treating your diabetes
  • Check your feet and toes daily
  • Wash your feet daily
  • Wear shoes that fit your feet well
  • Cut your toenails straight across
  • Never go barefoot, even on the beach
  • Learn more.

When to see a doctor

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that if you have a cut or break in your skin, or develop an ingrown toenail, call or see your healthcare provider. In addition, the ADA states that if your foot (or feet) change color, shape, or just "feel funny" (for example pain or loss of sensation), you should contact your healthcare provider.  

Make an appointment to see one of our specialists.

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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St.Joseph's Hospital Campus: 912-819-4100

Candler Hospital Campus: 912-819-6000