Keeping Diabetic Feet Healthy

At Skagit Regional Health, we treat every type of condition related to diabetes, including diabetes complications for foot and ankle conditions. With poorly controlled diabetes, secondary problems may arise, including nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy, and poor circulation that affects the feet.

What is Diabetes?

Provider showing patient modelDiabetes mellitus is a common medical problem in which the level of glucose in the blood is found to be abnormally high. The actual cause is not known and no cure is available. However, good medical treatment is available, so diabetes is usually able to be controlled and many of its complications, including foot and ankle problems, avoided. The most common types of diabetes are type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Complications We Treat

If blood sugar levels are not managed properly, you can be at high risk for diabetic foot complications. If severe, these foot conditions can result in the amputation of a foot or leg. Our board-certified foot and ankle doctors treat a full range of diabetes foot complications, including:

  • Foot deformity
  • Inability to feel injury
  • Inability to heal foot infection
  • Infection
  • Open wound, also called a diabetic ulcer

Preventing Diabetic Foot Complications

If you have diabetes, it is important that your feet be examined routinely by a foot and ankle specialist. This expert specializes in managing diabetic feet and wound problems. You can prevent diabetic foot complications with education, foot examinations and diabetic shoes, if needed. Careful blood sugar control is most important for preventing diabetic foot complications and keeping your feet healthy.

For More Information about Diabetic Foot and Ankle Services

To learn more about diabetes care at by our board-certified foot and ankle specialists, please contact one of our team members at Skagit Regional Health at 360-848-4120. We can help you make an appointment with a physician at one of our convenient locations.