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Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery in Silver Spring, MD

Diabetic Foot Care services offered in Silver Spring, MD

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to invest in diabetic foot care. Routine checkups with an experienced podiatrist can alert you to potential problems and help keep your blood sugar in check. At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, double board-certified podiatrist and reconstructive surgeon Navid Sadoughi, DPM, D. ABFAS, FACFAS, specializes in diabetic foot care. By combining patient education, exams, and preventive care, he can keep your feet healthy and problem-free. To make an appointment, call the office in Silver Spring, Maryland, or book online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is a podiatric subspecialty focused on keeping your blood sugar at healthy levels. If you have diabetes and don’t check your blood sugar daily, you’re more likely to experience problems like permanent nerve damage (neuropathy) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). 

Over time, these conditions can affect the sensations in your feet. For example, if you cut your foot or step on a sharp object, you might not feel it. As a result, the wound could become infected, resulting in gangrene or the need for amputation. 

By enrolling in diabetic foot care at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, it’s possible to keep your feet happy and healthy.

When should I consider diabetic foot care?

Make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle for diabetic foot care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Discharge of fluid or pus

After an in-office exam and a review of your medical records, Dr. Sadoughi can develop a custom treatment plan. 

What happens during a diabetic foot care appointment?

At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, a diabetic foot care appointment begins with a discussion of your diabetes, including when you were first diagnosed, the type you have, and how well you keep your blood sugar in check. 

Next, Dr. Sadoughi asks you to take off your shoes and socks. Then, he examines your feet, toes, and ankles, gently pressing on them to see if you experience tingling or numbness. Dr. Sadoughi also checks for open wounds, like blisters or diabetic ulcers. If you have any, he might order a biopsy to rule out an infection.

After assessing your feet and determining the extent of your diabetes, Dr. Sadoughi makes recommendations to reduce your risk of potentially serious problems.

What can I do to prevent diabetes-related foot problems?

There are various things you can do to prevent diabetes-related foot problems. Dr. Sadoughi recommends:

  • Inspecting your feet daily for changes
  • Visiting Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle at least once a year for an exam
  • Keeping your toenails trimmed and filed
  • Wearing socks and shoes all day
  • Washing your feet daily
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that provide plenty of room for your feet

It’s also important you exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, and take any medications as prescribed. 

If you’re in need of diabetic foot care, don’t wait to make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.