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Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine

Zakee O. Shabazz, DPM

Podiatrist located in Fairfax, VA

People with diabetes frequently experience nerve damage in their feet, reducing their ability to feel the pain signals that indicate injury. Zakee O. Shabazz, DPM, of Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine, in Fairfax, Virginia, provides specialized care to meet the needs of diabetic patients. Call the office today to stay on top of foot problems.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect the feet?

Uncontrolled diabetes creates 2 problems with serious repercussions for the feet. Diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease pack a punch when it comes to foot problems.

Peripheral vascular disease refers to the poor circulation in the feet that often accompanies diabetes. Reduced blood flow causes cuts and sores to heal slowly, while increasing the chances for infection, ulcers, and gangrene. Diabetic neuropathy describes nerve damage resulting from chronically high blood sugar levels. This damage may introduce lack of sensation in the feet, so not only do wounds heal slowly, the diabetic patient may not be aware of any damage in the first place.

How should I care for my feet to prevent issues?

Daily checks of the feet become an important part of diabetes management. Any foot injury should be brought to Dr. Shabazz’s attention immediately. Prompt attention for conditions such as cuts, ingrown toenails, and other minor foot problems may prevent these from becoming serious. If you’re already experiencing problems due to peripheral vascular disease and diabetic neuropathy, daily foot care should include:

  • Inspection for red spots, cuts, blisters, and swelling
  • Using a mirror to check the soles of the feet, if necessary
  • Washing and drying feet daily
  • Caring for the skin of the feet
  • Trimming toenails as needed
  • Wearing shoes and socks at all times to avoid injury
  • Protecting feet from temperature extremes
  • Encouraging blood flow to the feet with rest, propping up, massage, and exercise

Following your diabetic care plan and maintaining proper blood sugar levels are other essential parts of foot care management.

When should I contact Dr. Shabazz about a foot issue?

If you’re not experiencing any problems, an annual checkup appointment may be all you need. Dr. Shabazz may advise you if you require more frequent checkups. Otherwise, call the office if you experience:

  • Foot sores
  • Unexplained redness
  • New callouses, corns, or bunions
  • Ingrown nails
  • Increased numbness or pain
  • Signs of infection
  • Discolored skin

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
United Healthcare