Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic
Daniel Mallett, DPM
Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Parker, CO
Up to 70% of people with diabetes today have diabetic nerve damage, increasing the risk of problems like foot ulcers and even foot loss. Experienced podiatric physician Daniel Mallett, DPM, at Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic in Parker, Colorado, can help you avoid these problems through top-quality, personalized diabetic foot care and patient education. Don’t let diabetes affect your foot health any longer. Take charge by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
Diabetic Foot Care Q&A
How does diabetes affect the feet?
Most people with diabetes have nerve damage in their feet, known as peripheral neuropathy. Another common diabetes complication is poor blood flow to the feet. These two problems combine to dramatically increase your risk for foot ulcers and serious infections.
When infected ulcers don’t heal, amputation may be the only option. But, it’s important to know that you can avoid toe, foot, and limb loss simply by following good diabetic foot care practices.
Because of nerve and vascular problems, diabetics also have a higher risk of developing foot problems like bunions, calluses, ingrown toenails, and toenail fungus.
Do I need to see a podiatrist for diabetic foot care?
Anyone with diabetes needs professional diabetic foot care with a foot specialist like Dr. Mallett at Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic. He has extensive training in diabetic foot complications, and he can quickly identify problems even before they can worsen enough to cause symptoms.
Dr. Mallett is also a skilled wound care specialist who can help you heal and keep you comfortable when you have complications like foot pain, numbness, tingling, and slow-healing sores.
How often should I have diabetic foot care checkups?
After your diabetes diagnosis, schedule an appointment right away. Up to 26% of people with Type 2 diabetes already have nerve damage at the time of their diagnosis.
After your first checkup, Dr. Mallett recommends an appointment schedule suited to your needs. In general, checkups twice a year (or more, if needed) are a good way to prevent or manage diabetic foot issues.
What diabetic foot care practices should I use at home?
Dr. Mallett recommends specific diabetic foot care guidelines for your situation. Common foot care rules include:
- Check for changes daily
- Wash your feet with lukewarm water
- Blot dry your feet
- Use quality moisturizing cream (skip between the toes)
- Trim toenails horizontally
If you notice a new issue, for example, a corn or callus, don't try bathroom surgery. That's how many ulcers start because it's easy to cut or file off too much skin and it's hard to maintain peak sterility at home.
Dr. Mallett can diagnose and treat any problem you have promptly, so don’t take chances. Report any changes to your feet right away.
Call Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic or click the online scheduling tool to book your appointment.