Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist
Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Homer Glen, IL & Southwest Suburbs, New Lenox, IL
In addition to causing long-term health complications, diabetes can also lead to significant foot and ankle problems — namely severe nerve damage. Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois, provide comprehensive and individualized diabetic foot care for people struggling with diabetes. Schedule an appointment today using the online booking tool or call your nearest office today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q & A
Why does diabetes lead to foot issues?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires systematic maintenance and care. If you haven’t developed a plan for managing your diabetes correctly, you can severely damage your nervous system and organs.
With diabetes, sustained high blood sugar levels cause nerve damage that decreases your sensitivity in targeted areas of the foot, enabling you to overlook underlying issues. For instance, you may not have a sensitivity to heat or cold and even pain unless it is severe.
When you lose sensitivity, you may not notice cuts and blisters and even ulcers and other foot issues. In many severe cases, diabetes can lead to the loss of a toe, foot, or leg.
When should I see the podiatrist about diabetic foot problems?
Diabetes can turn a simple cut into an ulcer and prevent proper healing.
Get in touch with the team at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist if you notice cuts on your feet that do not seem to heal, discoloration and bruising, or if you’re experiencing foot pain. The sooner you seek treatment, the lower your chances of it turning into an ulcer that may cause bone damage and serious infection.
You should also get in touch with your podiatrist if you need to develop an ongoing maintenance plan to keep your diabetes in check and your feet healthy.
What services are involved in diabetic foot care?
When you arrive for a consultation, your podiatrist at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist can provide the following foot care services:
Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist recommends that you book an appointment at least once a year so that a professional podiatrist can examine your feet to track and identify potential ulcer-prone areas.
Your podiatrist also takes time to answer your questions and provides you with helpful tips to develop a mindful daily self-care regimen.
Treatment for wounds and foot problems
When you reach out to Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist for a diabetes-related foot injury, your provider will identify the right treatment to address your blister, cut, sore, callus, or any other issue. They may recommend vascular and nerve testing to identify potential long-term issues.
Your provider can perform any of the following services:
- Debriding the wound to get rid of dead skin tissue
- Medication applications to promote healing
- Footwear evaluations
- Off-loading through footgear, braces, or casting
Book a routine diabetic foot care examination today at your nearest office by phone or by using the online tool.
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