If you're a diabetic patient, we want you to be able to carry on life the same as the rest of your friends and family. In order to do this, it's extremely important for you to pay attention to a few things regarding your feet.

Identifying Problems with Loss of Sensation in Your Feet

Number one, even if you think your feet feel normal, it's likely that your feet don't feel normally. They don't know how much sensation they're getting and we can measure this and find out exactly how much loss is going on. Problems such as this lead to loss of balance, even if you don't feel like you have a balance problem.

Identifying Problems with Balance

We have a fall prevention program. With a simple assessment in the office, including your walking, we can determine whether any assistance is needed in this area.

Protecting the Skin on Your Feet

Finally, the most important thing is to protect the skin of your feet. You may not think they're dry, but diabetes leads to drying out of the skin and problems with the toenails. Through our simple assessment, we can determine exactly how much of this is going on and help you restore proper moisturizing to your skin. This is crucial to keep the skin elastic and prevent it from breaking down.

Along with this, it's important to wear the right socks. Wearing socks, just like hikers do, that are designed to keep the friction down will allow you to carry on your normal daily walking and exercise without developing the problems such as ulcerations and infections of your feet.

So come in now for a comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation and let us keep you on your feet, happy and healthy for many more years.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.