By Mark Whitesides, DPM

As of 2020, nearly 27 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. If you are one of these people, Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic can help answer the questions you might have about taking care of your feet. We can also help you avoid many of the serious issues that can occur in your feet as a result of diabetes.

First, you will want to make sure that you are following up with your family physician as well as the other specialists that will be involved in your care. This team should include a podiatrist, a cardiologist, an optometrist, and other medical specialists as directed by your primary care physician. All of these physicians will serve as part of your healthcare team to keep you as healthy as possible while managing this disease.  

Second, we recommend that you check both feet daily to make sure that there are no cuts or injuries that you may not have noticed. Numbness is a common complication from this disease, so you may not notice cuts or other injuries to your feet unless you regularly check your feet. This also means that you should not ever walk barefoot! Instead, you should wear supportive shoes that fit well. At Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic, we can help you determine what footwear is appropriate for you.

Third, it is very important to consider your diet and exercise. It is a great idea to meet with a dietician in order to understand your changing nutritional needs. Exercise, such as daily walks, will help in many ways, including maintaining a healthy heart. Improving your overall health helps keep your feet healthy by keeping your circulation working well. We want you to know that diabetes can be managed with the right team – don’t hesitate to call on them with any questions or concerns you have. At Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic, we routinely see common problems from diabetes and can prevent them from becoming more serious. We pride ourselves on the relationships we make with our diabetic patients and helping them successfully manage their condition over a lifetime!