Diabetic Foot Care

The American Diabetes Association reports that about 15.7 million people (5.9% of the U.S. population) have diabetes. Neuropathy, nervous system damage, affects about 60-70% of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation.

If you have diabetes, something small like a wound or blister could potentially cause a lot of damage. This is due to the decreased blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. If a wound is not healing, it's at risk for rapidly spreading infection. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror to inspect daily.

Basic Diabetic Foot Care Advice:
  • Always keep your feet warm, but don't soak your feet.
  • Don't get your feet wet in snow or rain.
  • Don't put your feet on radiators or in front of the fireplace.
  • Don't smoke or sit cross-legged because you'll experience a decreased blood supply to your feet.
  • Don't use antiseptic solutions, drugstore medications, heating pads or sharp instruments on your feet.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and avoid cutting the corners. Use a nail file or emery board to smooth. If you find an ingrown toenail, contact one of our offices.
  • Use quality lotion to keep the skin of your feet soft and moist, but avoid putting any lotion between your toes.
  • Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water.
  • Wear loose socks to bed.
  • Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
  • When drying your feet, pat each foot with a towel and be careful between your toes.
  • Wear appropriate shoes:
    • Buy shoes that are comfortable, without a "breaking in" period.
    • Check how your shoe fits in width, length, back, bottom of heel, and sole.
    • Avoid pointed-toe styles and high heels.
    • Try to get shoes made with leather upper material and deep toe boxes.
    • Wear new shoes for only two hours or less at a time.
    • Don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
    • Inspect the inside of each shoe before putting it on.
    • Don't lace your shoes too tightly or loosely.
  • Choose socks and stockings carefully:
    • Wear clean, dry socks every day.
    • Avoid socks with holes or wrinkles.
    • Thin cotton socks are more absorbent for summer wear.
    • Square-toe socks will not squeeze your toes.
    • Avoid stockings with elastic tops.

FASMA Doctors Performing This Specialty / Service

Dr. Michelle Le

Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
Dr. Reema Dua

Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
Dr. Robert Pica

Richmond, VA
Dr. Mitchell Waskin

Richmond, VA
Dr. Zakia Sultana

Pasadena, MD
Dr. Gregory Smith

Gettysburg, PA Hagerstown, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Gina M. Saffo DPM Dr. Gina M. Saffo

Annapolis, MD Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Seth Rubenstein

Reston, VA
Podiatrist Dr. Eric Masternick DPM Dr. Eric Masternick

Reston, VA
Podiatrist Dr. Ian Beiser DPM Dr. Ian Beiser

Washington, DC (19th Street)
Dr. Man Cho

Reston, VA

Locations

  1. Frederick, MD (Solarex Ct)
    604 Solarex Court Suite 103
    Frederick, MD 21703
    Phone: (301) 698-9260
    Fax: (301) 698-8962

  2. Mt Airy, MD (North)
    1502 S. Main Street Suite 104
    Mt Airy, MD 21771
    Phone: (301) 829-2244
    Fax: (301) 698-8962

  3. Greencastle, PA
    50 Eastern Ave Suite 122
    Greencastle, PA 17225
    Phone: 717-643-0795
    Fax: 717-643-0833

  4. Hagerstown, MD
    11110 Medical Campus Road Suite 100
    Hagerstown, MD 21742
    Phone: (301) 739-1575
    Fax: (301) 739-1578

  5. McConnellsburg, PA
    214 Peach Orchard Road
    McConnellsburg, PA 17233
    Phone: (301) 739-1575
    Fax: (301) 739-1578

  6. Gettysburg, PA
    506 W. Middle Street
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    Phone: 717-778-3338
    Fax: 717-778-3340

  7. Silver Spring, MD (Fenton)
    8630 Fenton Street Suite 1
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: (301) 587-5666
    Fax: (301) 589-4479

  8. Washington, DC (I Street)
    1720 I Street NW Suite 402
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: (202) 331-9727
    Fax: (202) 887-0741

  9. Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
    11801 Rockville Pike Suite 105
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Phone: (301) 881-6222
    Fax: (301) 881-1639

  10. Holly Springs, NC
    1004 Werrington Drive, Ste. 300
    Holly Springs, NC 27540
    Phone: 919-850-9111



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  12. Raleigh, NC (Millbrook)
    1418 E. Millbrook Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Phone: 919-850-9111
    Fax: 919-850-2499

  13. Richmond, VA
    1465 Johnston Willis Drive
    Richmond, VA 23235
    Phone: 804-320-3668
    Fax: 804-320-2600

  14. Charlottesville, VA (Rio East Ct)
    887 Rio East Ct. Suite A
    Charlottesville, VA 22901
    Phone: 434-979-8116
    Fax: 434-979-8880

  15. Fishersville, VA
    66 Parkway Lane Suite 102
    Fishersville, VA 22939
    Phone: 540-949-5150
    Fax: 540-932-8535

  16. Charlottesville, VA (Abbey Road)
    2050 Abbey Road Suite C
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Phone: 434-295-4443
    Fax: 434-295-8598

  17. Culpeper, VA
    530 Sunset Lane Suite A
    Culpeper, VA 22701
    Phone: 540-825-6113
    Fax: 540-825-4937

  18. Orange, VA
    175-C Spicers Mill Road
    Orange, VA 22960
    Phone: 540-672-1402
    Fax: 540-825-4937

  19. Pasadena, MD
    8028 Governor Ritchie Hwy Suite 100
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    Phone: (410) 768-5800
    Fax: (410) 768-5806

  20. Chevy Chase, MD
    5530 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 945
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    Phone: (301) 913-5225
    Fax: (301) 913-9145

  21. Washington, DC (K Street)
    2021 K Street NW Suite 520
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: (202) 223-4616
    Fax: (202) 223-0740

  22. Annapolis, MD
    129 Lubrano Drive Suite 303
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Phone: (410) 266-7575
    Fax: (410) 266-7366

  23. Greenbelt, MD
    7501 Greenway Center Dr Suite 810
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    Phone: (301) 577-4464
    Fax: (301) 577-4702

  24. Reston, VA
    1860 Town Center Drive Suite 220
    Reston, VA 20190
    Phone: (703) 391-0211
    Fax: (703) 880-1192

  25. Frederick, MD (Thomas Johnson Drive)
    63 Thomas Johnson Dr Suite C
    Frederick, MD 21702
    Phone: (301) 696-0818
    Fax: (301) 696-8872

  26. Silver Spring, MD (International Drive)
    3801 International Drive Suite 204
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    Phone: (301) 598-0130
    Fax: (301) 598-5091

  27. Silver Spring, MD (MedStar-Leisure World)
    3305 N Leisure World Blvd.
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    Phone: 301-598-0130
    Fax: 301-598-5091

  28. Washington, DC (19th Street)
    1145 19th Street NW Suite 605
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: (202) 833-9109
    Fax: (202) 833-5762

  29. Mt Airy, MD (South)
    1502 S. Main Street Suite 307
    Mt Airy, MD 21771
    Phone: 301-696-0818
    Fax: 301-696-8872