Diabetic Foot Doctor in Camarillo & Santa Barbara, CA
Diabetes is one of the main causes of serious foot problems. The complications that arise from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can affect the entire body, but the disease has especially pronounced effects on the lower limbs. This potential damage makes it essential you take proactive care of your feet, particularly as you get older.
Our diabetic foot podiatrists excel at this specialized foot care by detecting issues early and expertly treating them if complications arise. If you haven’t had a checkup recently, schedule an appointment with us at either our Camarillo or Santa Barbara clinics to keep your feet healthy.
Preventing Diabetic Foot Problems
We suggest that you:
- Actively monitor your blood sugar.
- Check your feet and shoes every day.
- Remain as active as possible.
- Schedule routine foot care.
The optimal way to avoid serious complications from diabetes is to take proactive care of your feet.
Keeping a healthy lifestyle is paramount for people with diabetes. If you manage your blood sugar well, you significantly lower your chances of foot complications, but there’s always a level of risk.
Diabetic Nerve Damage
Diabetics are at increased risk of nerve damage to their feet, known as neuropathy. It occurs as a result of damage to neurons from elevated glucose over a period of time. This condition progresses slowly, which can make it challenging to keep on top of it by yourself.
Common symptoms of neuropathy include decreased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, stinging, tingling, and burning sensations. When fully progressed, it can cause a loss of all feeling in the feet.
At this stage, it’s crucial to be proactive about your diabetic foot care; the risk of injury is considerable, as patients may not be aware they have an injury.
Besides nerve injury, diabetes also affects blood flow to the feet. It causes arteries to harden and become less efficient at circulation and makes it more difficult for sores, wounds, and infections to heal. Coupled with the inability to sense injury as a result of neuropathy, even a minor cut or scrape can be risky and should be evaluated by a diabetic foot podiatrist.
Having diabetes does not have to mean living with constant foot problems. At Align Foot and Ankle, our goal is to prevent issues from happening in the first place. We recommend you have a checkup with a diabetic foot doctor once every six months.
This is to ensure:
- Foot circulation and nerve function testing
- Safe and painless removal of corns and hard skin
- Active monitoring of potential ulcer sites
- Specialized shoe insoles to alleviate pressure
- Surgery when required
Diabetic Foot Doctor in Southern California
The goal of diabetic foot care is to prevent serious complications from occurring. Having regular diabetic foot care significantly reduces the chances of this. Whether you’re in need of diabetic foot care or treatment for other foot conditions, such as ingrown nails, sprains, or wart treatments, Dr. Peng and his team of expert certified staff can help.
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"I've always believed in exhausting conservative treatment over surgery. Over the years in practice, I've kept many people out of the operating room. Even then, the patients who have been taken to surgery are extremely pleased with their results. I will do all I can to get you moving again...without pain or discomfort!"
Dr. Hai-En Peng