Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

Podiatrist located in Pomona, CA

Over 30 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes, which is a systemic disease that casts a wide net over your entire body, including the health of your feet. To stay one step ahead of the damage that diabetes can wreak on your feet, you need a skilled podiatrist like Brian O'Neill, DPM, who understands how to best manage the health of your feet. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Dr. O’Neill provides expert diabetic foot care to his patients in Pomona, California, remedying problems before they cause irreversible damage. Call or use the online scheduling tool to learn more about managing your foot health with diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

Why do diabetics need foot care?

Diabetes isn’t simply one disease, but rather a group of diseases that affects how your blood processes glucose or sugar. There are two main types of the disease:

Type 1 diabetes

For those who have Type 1 diabetes, the problem stems from an insufficient amount of insulin, the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels. With Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t produce enough (or any) insulin to regulate the sugar in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes

This form of the disease occurs when your body builds up a resistance to insulin and your pancreas is unable to produce enough to overcome this resistance.

In both cases, the diabetic is left with dangerously high levels of sugar in their blood, which can build up and cause widespread problems, including nerve damage and poor circulation. These problems, which include diabetic neuropathy and peripheral artery disease, leave your feet vulnerable to issues like slow-healing sores, infections, and loss of sensation.

What does diabetic foot care include?

Your feet develop any number of problems throughout your life, most of which Dr. O’Neill can quickly and easily treat. If you’re diabetic, these problems can become major concerns since the nerves and blood flow in your feet may be compromised. This means that the following commonplace problems should be taken very seriously:

  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoes
  • Toenail fungus
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Infections
  • Plantar warts

Dr. O’Neill understands the imperative for prompt treatment of any issue that affects your feet and works quickly to clear up the problem before it causes more severe damage.

When should I see the doctor for diabetic foot care?

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should visit Dr. O’Neill every 2-3 months so that he can watch out for any of the problems listed above. This allows him to intervene quickly before the damage becomes irreversible. If between appointments, you experience any of the following, you need to make a special visit to Pomona Valley Podiatry Group:

  • A change in skin color or skin temperature
  • A sore or wound
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Unusual foot odor
  • Cracks in your skin

The sooner you see the doctor, the better. Foot problems in a diabetic can snowball quickly, which is why regular care and prompt treatment are critical to your overall health.

To get started on your diabetic foot care, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or fill out the online form to request an appointment.