Foot and ankle problems can affect any member of your family and impact your quality of life and day-to-day mobility. St. Hope’s podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the lower leg, ankle, and foot, ranging from common concerns such as athlete’s foot or bunions to more complex issues, such as bone and joint disorders. Our podiatrists also advise on simple lifestyle changes, such as choosing well-fitting shoes, to treat some conditions.

Diabetes in Podiatry

Foot care for people with diabetes is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. Many people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and visit a podiatrist at once if problems arise. Higher levels of blood glucose can damage nerve endings in areas of the body and organ. As a result, blood glucose control is an essential aspect of diabetes care.

Why podiatry is important in diabetes management:

Diabetes causes nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy. It affects the circulation, which can affect how the body heals People with diabetes are more prone to infection, and complications can also affect the feet. Diabetes can also affect the joints and make them stiffer

What happens with poor podiatry?

A variety of foot problems can arise when poor foot care fails to catch issues at an early stage. These may include:

  • Damage to the foot
  • Foot ulcers
  • Foot infections
  • Charcot’s joints
  • Amputation

Podiatrists are one of the essential professionals within diabetes care, and have a much-underrated role to play in preventing and managing foot complications amongst people with diabetes.

Lorraine E. McKinney, D.P.M.