Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

William Lehrich, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Family Podiatry Center

William Lehrich, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Mission District, San Franciso, CA & East Bay, San Leandro, CA

Approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, according to the American Diabetes Association. At the Family Podiatry Center in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, and San Leandro, California, Dr. William Lehrich knows that diabetes increases your risk of certain foot complications. He and his friendly staff help their patients to be proactive and take care of a significant yet overlooked body part: their feet. If you have diabetes, visit Dr. Lehrich, a specialist with extensive experience treating diabetes-related foot complications. Call or click to book online.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect the foot?

Diabetes increases the risk of nerve damage, narrowing and hardening blood vessels, circulation problems, infections, and more. Many of these complications directly affect the foot.

The poor blood flow and lack of feeling caused by diabetes can lead to small blisters or wounds and in severe cases, infection and amputation. If not managed properly, diabetes can be life-threatening.

Diabetic foot complications often occur when there’s nerve damage, or neuropathy, and symptoms such as tingling, weakness, a loss of feeling, and pain in the foot.

A loss of feeling could mean that an injury to your foot goes unnoticed.

How can I take care of my feet and prevent diabetic foot complications?

It’s important to be proactive and visit your podiatrist regularly, exercise, and consume a healthy, balanced diet to prevent diabetic foot complications. You should also pay attention to your feet and inspect them every day by:

  • Using lotion to moisturize
  • Powdering in between the toes
  • Using a mirror to examine the soles
  • Thoroughly washing your feet with soap and warm water
  • Searching for puncture wounds, redness, bruises, ingrown toenails, dry skin, corns, calluses, blisters, ulcers, cuts, and scratches

You should also inspect for athlete’s foot (a contagious fungal infection), hammer-toes, bunions, and plantar warts (small, firm, flesh-colored bumps on the soles of your feet).

As additional precautions:

  • Trim your toenails straight across and file to finish
  • Try to protect your feet from overheating or overcooling
  • Don’t walk barefoot
  • Don’t soak your feet in water (it dries out your skin)

Walking shoes and athletic shoes are a good choice for proper-fitting shoes. Avoid shoes made of vinyl or plastic and shoes with high heels or pointed toes. Ensure your socks are clean, sufficiently padded, and dry.

What are the benefits of diabetic foot care from a medical professional?

A podiatrist like Dr. Lehrich can perform physical exams to test circulation and feeling, and certain scans like X-rays to view bone.

If you have an infection, Dr. Lehrich can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. He can also smooth corns or calluses, trim nails, and recommend a special cast, shoe, diabetic socks, compression stockings, or a brace to protect your feet. He also provides the effective Dr. Comfort Diabetic Shoes.

Dr. Lehrich gives you detailed information about diabetic foot care during your visit. Learn more and book your consultation online or call one of the two offices today.