Diabetic Care

Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC

Podiatrists located in Weston, Merrill, Marathon, Antigo, & Woodruff, WI

Diabetes is an incredibly frustrating chronic condition because of its widespread effect on your body, causing problems from head to toe. And your feet rank among the highest trouble spots, as they succumb to circulatory issues. At Family Foot & Ankle LLC, Dr. Joel Tikalsky understands the importance of vigilant foot care for diabetics, helping his patients in Weston, Wisconsin, avoid potentially serious complications that could cost them the use of their foot entirely. To explore diabetic care for your feet, call or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

Diabetic Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes is a complicated disease that affects more than 30 million people in the United States — and one in four aren’t even aware they have the condition. In short, diabetes affects how your body regulates your levels of glucose, or blood sugar, which is typically controlled by the hormone insulin.

Whether you’ve developed resistance to insulin or your body just isn’t producing enough of the hormone, you’re left with higher-than-normal levels of sugar in your blood. These elevated levels wreak havoc on your cardiovascular and neurological systems, and these problems can particularly affect your feet.

Because your feet are so far away from your heart, your circulatory system needs to work hard to deliver nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to them. When diabetes compromises your circulation, your feet don’t get the resources they need, which can result in serious damage.

The upshot is that any problem with your feet, no matter how small, has the potential to become a serious and permanently disabling issue if you don’t have the right diabetic care for your feet.

Why should I see a doctor for diabetic foot care?

If you’re diabetic, a regular visit with Dr. Tikalsky several times a year is the best way to stay one step ahead of any complications. During these visits, Dr. Tikalsky monitors the health of your feet, trims your nails, addresses calluses, and provides you with valuable tools to help protect your feet.

If you’re at the point where you have poor circulation, neuropathy, or vascular disease, your regular visits to Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC become even more crucial because the earlier Dr. Tikalsky spots a problem, the better his chances are of resolving it before any irreversible damage occurs.

Do diabetics need special shoes?

To better arm yourself in the battle for healthy feet, Dr. Tikalsky recommends special footwear that promotes better circulation and support of your feet. Dr. Tikalsky offers special shoes and inserts, designed specifically for diabetics, that go a long way toward promoting the health of your feet.

To enlist the help of a diabetic foot specialist, call Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.