Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Gerald Austin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in San Jose, CA

Routine diabetic foot care provides an easy and effective way to minimize the risk of potentially serious health problems, including infection, gangrene, and amputation. At his practice in San Jose, California, experienced podiatrist Gerald D. Austin, DPM, provides diabetic foot care to people of all ages. To make an appointment with Dr. Austin, call the office or click the online booking tool.

Diabetic Foot Care Q&A

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing diabetes-related foot problems.

If you’re living with diabetes, you’re also more likely to experience nerve damage. When the nerves in your feet and toes don’t work as they should, you might cut yourself, develop a blister, or step on a foreign object and not realize it. Without intervention and treatment, that wound might become infected, resulting in more serious complications.

Diabetic foot care encourages healthy lifestyle changes and routine checkups to ensure your feet remain healthy and problem-free.

When should I see a podiatrist for diabetic foot care?

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to visit a podiatrist at least once a year. That’s especially true if you experience symptoms like:

  • Burning or tingling in the feet
  • Loss of sensation 
  • Thick or yellow toenails
  • Cuts or wounds that won’t heal

Even minor issues like blisters and calluses require professional care, as they increase the risk of more serious diabetes-related complications.

What does diabetic foot care involve?

Diabetic foot care begins with a comprehensive exam and discussion of your symptoms. Dr. Austin asks a series of questions, including how long you’ve had diabetes, what measures you take to treat it, and how often you exercise. 

Next, he carefully examines your feet, ankles, and toes, looking for areas of concern. Depending on your age and medical history, he might also have you walk around the room or perform a series of easy exercises to assess your gait and posture. 

If a physical exam isn’t enough to develop a custom treatment plan, he might also order laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging to gain additional information about the health and condition of your feet. 

How are diabetes-related foot problems treated?

Dr. Austin usually recommends treating diabetes-related foot problems with healthy lifestyle changes and noninvasive measures, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well
  • Washing and inspecting your feet daily

If you develop a diabetic wound and it fails to heal, Dr. Austin might recommend advanced biological wound care like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or amniotic fluid injections. Ultimately, the goal is to keep your blood sugar levels in check while encouraging mobility. 

To learn more about diabetic foot care, make an appointment at the practice of Gerald D. Austin, DPM, by calling the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff, or by clicking the online booking tool.