CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists
Hubert Lee, DPM
Podiatrist located in Bellevue, WA
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re at a higher risk of developing foot problems such as slow-healing wounds, nerve damage, and diabetic ulcers. Hubert Lee, DPM, at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, specializes in diabetic foot care. Dr. Lee regularly works with patients to ease diabetes-related symptoms and minimize complications. To make your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q&A
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts your body’s ability to regulate blood glucose. Some glucose is necessary to provide energy to your cells, but too much glucose increases your risk of serious health problems including permanent nerve damage.
If you experience nerve damage in your feet, you may not notice it if you cut yourself or step on a foreign object. Diabetes also affects your circulation. Without adequate blood flow to your feet, you’re more likely to develop slow-healing wounds or infections. Fortunately, most diabetes-related foot problems are easy to detect and treat.
What is diabetic foot care?
Diabetic foot care is focused on preventing and treating common foot problems caused by diabetes. Most types of diabetic foot care involve conservative, at-home methods of treatment including:
- Daily foot inspections
- Washing and moisturizing your feet
- Wearing clean, dry socks
- Quitting smoking
- Trimming your nails carefully
If you have diabetes, you should also manage your blood sugar levels. The easiest way to manage your blood sugar is by living a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lee recommends eating a well-balanced diet that contains fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, exercising regularly, managing your stress levels, and getting plenty of sleep.
Should I visit the podiatrist as part of diabetic foot care?
Yes. If you have diabetes, it’s important to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Lee once every year. During your annual exam, Dr. Lee observes your feet, toes, and ankles and asks you about any symptoms you’re experiencing. He also develops a custom diabetic foot care treatment plan that aligns with your goals and health history.
What types of diabetic foot care do you offer?
At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Lee offers a full suite of diabetic foot care services, including:
- Nail and callus care
- Diabetic shoes
- Diabetic inserts
- Wound care
- Regenerative medicine
For diabetic wounds and ulcers, Dr. Lee offers state-of-the-art wound care treatments such as Grafix® and EpiFix® rich in growth factors to promote your body’s natural healing process.
If you’re living with diabetes, diabetic foot care can help you stay happy, healthy, and mobile. Make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.