Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Diabetes is a common condition that can lead to serious complications with your foot health. At Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois, experienced podiatrist Neil Levin, DPM, offers diabetic foot care to help people with diabetes maintain healthy, functioning feet. To schedule your visit, call or book your appointment online today.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A


How does diabetes affect my feet?

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing problems with their feet. Diabetes causes abnormal levels of blood sugar that can damage your nerves (diabetic neuropathy). Diabetes also affects blood circulation in your legs and feet.

Damaged nerves and poor blood circulation allow injuries to progress to serious wounds and infections that can lead to amputation. Damaged nerves also cause your skin to dry out and crack, increasing your risk of conditions like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. 

Although diabetes is common, it’s a serious disease that can turn life-threatening without proper management. 

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is designed to help people with diabetes protect their feet and avoid serious complications. Diabetes requires proactive care and proper management to keep your feet healthy and functioning properly. 

To properly manage your diabetes, you need to visit your doctor regularly, exercise, and eat a healthy and balanced diet. People with diabetes must also pay close attention to any changes or abnormalities affecting their feet. 

For people with diabetes, minor conditions like toenail fungus, an ingrown toenail, or blister can quickly turn into a limb-or life-threatening problem. With diabetic foot care at Family Podiatry, Dr. Levin provides you with the tools and education you need to maintain your foot health. 

What should I expect from my first diabetic foot care appointment?

People with diabetes have to take certain precautions to protect their feet. During your appointment, Dr. Levin works with you to develop a self-care plan to better manage your diabetes. 

You and Dr. Levin discuss the importance of regularly inspecting your feet and other steps you can take at home, such as:

  • Examining the bottoms of your feet
  • Searching for bruises, blisters, and ulcers
  • Properly trimming your toenails
  • Using lotion to keep your feet soft

 

Dr. Levin also offers diabetic shoes through the Medicare therapeutic shoe program, as well as wound care. 

Diabetic foot care is an essential part of properly managing your condition. Dr. Levin and his team are committed to helping each patient maintain healthy, functioning feet. To learn more, call Family Podiatry or book your appointment online today.