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Diabetic Foot Care

People with diabetes often experience nerve and circulation problems that affect their lower legs and feet. It is not uncommon to experience foot ulcers, sores, and nerve compression. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of lower leg and foot amputation. If you have diabetes, your well-being depends on properly managing the condition of your feet and ankles.

At Coastal Foot & Ankle Center, Chris Calcagni, DPM is an expert in diabetic foot care. He also sees patients with non-healing wounds at the NCH Wound Healing Center.

Because poor circulation is the cause of most diabetic foot problems, it is important to invest in special socks, shoes, and insoles that will allow your feet to breathe while still feeling supported. Diabetic shoes are typically wider and deeper than regular shoes to make room for special diabetic insoles.

We sell diabetic shoes and insoles in our Naples office, and Dr. Calcagni can make sure you get a proper fit, which is essential for preventing sores and blisters.

Tips to prevent foot and ankle problems if you have diabetes:

  • Take time to keep your toenails trimmed properly.
  • Wash your feet with mild soap and tepid water daily.
  • Apply lotion and rub your feet regularly to stimulate circulation.
  • Wear shoes, insoles, and socks appropriate for diabetics.
  • Schedule a check-up with a podiatrist every three months.
  • Don’t hesitate to call the doctor if you develop any sores, pain, or signs of infection.

Learn more about diabetes-related foot problems in our patient education library.

If your foot or ankle condition may be related to diabetes, don’t ignore it! Call (239) 596-7024 today to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Chris Calcagni at Coastal Foot & Ankle Center in Naples. You may also request an appointment online.