Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic

Randy E Lowe, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Boise, ID & Meridian, ID

Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. At Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, board-certified podiatrist Randy Lowe, DPM, is aware that diabetes heightens the risk of foot-related complications such as narrowed blood vessels, loss of feeling, and infections. Dr. Lowe specializes in diabetic foot care and provides comprehensive and personalized consultations. To learn more, call the closest office or book a consultation online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

How does diabetes affect the foot?

Diabetes is a high blood glucose disorder that affects the ability of your body to properly utilize glucose, an energy source from food. Diabetes can affect your foot and lead to complications in the extremity such as:

  • A loss of feeling
  • Small blisters and wounds
  • Weakened immune system
  • Infections
  • Impaired sweat and oil production
  • Hardened and narrowed blood vessels
  • Decreased blood flow and slower healing

In severe cases, if left untreated, diabetes can lead to gangrene, amputation, and become life-threatening.

How can I prevent diabetic foot complications?

Working with a trained podiatrist who specializes in diabetic foot care such as Dr. Lowe can help to prevent diabetic foot complications and improve your foot health. Dr. Lowe advocates for a healthy lifestyle with a nutrient-rich diet and consistent exercise. To prevent complications and take care of your feet at home, pay close attention to them every day and take care of them by:

  • Using moisturizers to calm dry skin
  • Examining the soles of your feet with a mirror
  • Washing your feet with warm water and mild soap
  • Looking for puncture wounds, ingrown toenails, redness, calluses, cuts, dry skin, bruises, and corns

You should also keep an out for athlete’s foot, bunions, hammertoes, and plantar warts, which are small bumps on the soles of your feet. You should also trim your toenails straight across and file your nails frequently.

Find footwear that fits comfortably and properly, like athletic and walking shoe are a good choice. Make sure your socks are padded, clean, and dry, and be sure to avoid any shoes that are made of vinyl or plastic or that have high heels and pointed toes.

What are the benefits of diabetic foot care from a podiatrist?

Dr. Lowe provides diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and conducts physical examinations. Diabetic foot care offers many benefits. Dr. Lowe recommends the appropriate antibiotics for an infection and other effective treatment options, such as:

  • Nail trimming
  • Diabetic socks
  • Custom orthotics
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Compression stockings
  • Special casts and braces
  • Specialized diabetic shoes
  • Smoothing corns or calluses
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If necessary, Dr. Lowe can surgically remove damaged, dead, or infected tissue.

For the highest standard of diabetic foot care, call Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.