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How To Care For Your Feet As A Diabetic


Each of us must care for our feet to ensure a healthy lifestyle well into old age but for diabetics, foot care should be taken a bit more seriously.  Without preventative medicine and careful looking after of one’s feet, infections and amputations are common mishaps for diabetics. 


As a podiatrist, my goal is to help my diabetic patients maintain healthy feet both preventing infections and amputations.  A few simple strategies can be the difference between an amputation and having your feet well into old age.  These strategies work when my patients follow them. 


Protect Your Feet With These Simple Strategies

The first thing is to have regular check up appointments at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  You may choose an appointment at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location.  With a regular check up, our podiatrists will immediately spot any potential problems treating them before they get out of hand and cause an infection. 


The second thing to do is check up on your feet once a day.  By looking at your feet everyday, you can look for any potential problems, cuts, sores, wounds, or irregularities.  Afterwards, if you spot a problem, you can immediately schedule an appointment with us for treatment.  This way no problem goes unnoticed or ignored.  Importantly, if you spot a problem, do not treat it yourself because as a diabetic, this is extra risky if you do not treat the problem correctly.  


Thirdly, always wear the correct footwear and orthotics.  As a diabetic, you are eligible to have one pair of free shoes and orthotics each year.  We can show you what footwear you need to support your feet instead of harm it helping your feet maintain full health for many more years than if you were wearing incorrect shoes and in soles. 


By wearing your shoes and avoiding going barefoot, you are protecting your feet from stepping on something, stubbing your foot, or other injuries that are common when walking barefoot.  


Fourthly, wash your feet everyday with warm water.  Lets say you do have a cut and it goes unnoticed.  By washing your feet, you will clean any hidden sores and cuts wiping away bacteria that may have caused an infection.  


Many diabetic people with foot problems have diabetic neuropathy, which causes the feet to become numb and experience tingling.  In some cases, they can mask any pain from a cut or sore.  By getting regular check ups, checking your feet daily, and washing your feet you are helping to prevent an infection that may lead to an amputation.


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


We have helped patients with diabetes for over twenty years keep their feet healthy and avoid complications.  We look forward to helping you do the same. 


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman



Planter warts, or a foot wart, are common and contagious.  If left untreated, they may spread and you’ll surprisingly find more warts growing across your feet.  This we want to avoid and as warts may cause pain, it may already be difficult for you to walk.  In this way, seeing a trained podiatrist might be the answer to help you eliminate a wart.    


The thing that makes warts difficult to treat is that a wart is powered by a virus.  The virus feeds the wart through one’s blood making it strong as well as even making it difficult for your immune system to heal the wart condition. 


A foot doctor is likely prescribe a medicine to help boost the immune system in order to fight the virus. Conservative treatments for warts include strong topical medication and if this medication does not work, laser therapy or freezing are useful treatments to destroy wart tissue.  Call 480-483-9000 today for an appointment to find a foot doctor to treat your wart.    


Laser wart treatment is a painless procedure as there is no discomfort from the laser pulse.  The energy given off by the laser does two very important things to treat the wart.  Firstly, the laser energy destroys the virus that actually causes the wart.  Secondly, the laser energy eliminates the blood supply that continuously nourishes the wart.  By taking away the blood supply, the wart can no longer survive in this environment.  


Interestingly, it is believed that the slight inflammation caused by the laser treatment increases the body’s immune response to the area helping to further eliminate the virus feeding the wart. 


A second treatment for wart removal, freezing the wart, helps to quickly eliminate a wart as well.  As warts are fed by a blood supply via blood vessels, if you are able to kill the blood supply to the foot wart, the wart will eventually die and fall off.  Freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen freezes the blood vessels that bring in the blood supply and therefore, the wart then dies.  


If you are located in the Sun City or Scottsdale Arizona area and are interested in a wart removal, Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas are specially trained in removing Planter warts from the foot.  Call 480-483-9000 today for an appointment.   


By Michael Stegman


Sometimes a person’s feet may hurt them and they have no idea why.  They come in to see a podiatrist and find out their shoes are not right for them, or even the soles of their shoes do not support them well.  Improper foot wear can cause a lot of pain especially if you are on your feet all day at work.  

An essential part of footwear is the soles within the shoes and how they fit your feet.  Everyone has a different foot and if you have a certain type of foot and are getting foot pain, you may extremely benefit from custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are specially made soles that fit your feet perfectly and give you perfect support.  Many patients I find reduce their foot pain tremendously just by using custom orthotics.  People with flat feet, high-arched feet, those who exercise and play a lot of sports, those who work long hours on their feet may benefit from having this extra support.

The extra support provides a stability so your feet do not have to work as hard when you walk.  Custom orthotics fit comfortably on your feet so you walk in an optimal way.  The result is a supported foot and therefore, a foot that gets much less pain.  You may be surprised after getting custom orthotics how when your at work, exercising, or just walking around, your feet no longer hurt and when your feet no longer hurt, you are happier, life is better, and you can do a better job at what you are doing.


Of course foot care is crucial to daily life.  No one wants to walk around with foot pain and custom orthotics is a simple solution that can have you walking around with no pain all because your foot is being supported the right way.


Here at American Foot And Ankle Specialists we can fit you for a custom orthotic that you can then put in your shoes.  Our offices are located in Scottsdale and Sun City Arizona.  Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr.  John Erotas specialize in using custom orthotics to eliminate foot pain and provide extra support for those on their feet.


Call our office today at 480-483-9000 and set up an appointment.  


By John Erotas