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Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

As the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations in the world, diabetes is known for increasing your risk of serious limb-threatening ulcers. To help keep your feet healthy, the leading podiatry team at InStride Family Foot Care, with locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, and Monroe, Gastonia, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides comprehensive diabetic foot care services. If you have diabetes or a history of foot wounds, contact the practice today. You can conveniently schedule an appointment at any location either online or over the phone.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

Why do I need diabetic foot care?

Blood sugar fluctuations from diabetes can lead to widespread tissue damage. This is particularly alarming in your feet because blood flow is already limited — they’re so far from your heart, after all. 

Undergoing routine diabetic foot care and having preventive exams are important when you have diabetes, even if you’re generally healthy. These evaluations are important to:

  • Diagnose and treat peripheral vascular disease (PVD) early on
  • Lower your risk of nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Prevent nail infections and foot wounds

Diabetic foot care is also important to ensure you receive the education you need to care for your feet between podiatry appointments. 

What does a podiatrist do during a diabetic foot care exam?

InStride Family Foot Care is home to expert podiatrists who have extensive backgrounds in helping patients manage diabetes and prevent complications. During your diabetic foot care exam, your podiatrist may:

  • Conduct nerve and PVD testing
  • Look for wounds, cuts, or abrasions
  • Exfoliate your feet and remove corns and calluses
  • Trim your toenails and teach you how to properly cut them

To prevent foot wounds, your podiatrist may also encourage you to wear custom orthotics or diabetic shoes. They can help you get fitted for these devices during your diabetic foot evaluations. 

How often do I need a diabetic foot care exam?

InStride Family Foot Care podiatrists tend to recommend annual diabetic foot care exams. But having a history of foot wounds, poorly managed diabetes, or other health concerns may require you to come in for more frequent visits. 

Additionally, you need to come into the clinic nearest you as soon as possible if you have any of the following problems:

  • Open wounds that won’t heal
  • Numbness or foot pain
  • Drainage in your socks

It’s important to treat these types of issues as soon as they occur, as they can indicate that an infection is developing. The team can often schedule you for a same-day or next-day evaluation if you’re experiencing any of these diabetes-related complications. 

InStride Family Foot Care is dedicated to helping you prevent wounds and other foot problems. Book your diabetic foot exam with North Carolina’s best podiatrists through the website or by phone with any office.