Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Kerry E. Berg, DPM -  - Foot Surgeon

Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates

Kerry E. Berg, DPM

Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Because your risk of serious foot wounds and ulcers dramatically increases if you have diabetes, building a trusted relationship with a podiatrist should be a top priority. At Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you can meet with certified wound care expert and board-certified podiatrist Kerry Berg, DPM. Dr. Berg and her dedicated team provide comprehensive diabetic foot care solutions. Book your exam online or call the clinic directly.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

Why do diabetics need foot care?

The constant blood sugar spikes from diabetes take a toll on your entire body. For starters, blood flow throughout your circulatory system is decreased. This means that when you get a seemingly minor wound, damaged tissues in your feet have a harder time getting the nutrients they need to promote healing. Because your wound might be open longer than normal, you’re prone to infection.

As if that’s not enough, glucose surges also lead to widespread nerve damage. So when a cut or abrasion does occur, you might not be able to feel it. Since diabetics have such a high risk of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations due to foot ulcers, you need to check in with your dedicated podiatrist regularly to evaluate your feet and ankles to make you aware of dangerous changes in circulation and sensation that can put you at risk. 

When should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Dr. Berg and the team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates want to see you regularly to prevent wounds and infections. In general, it’s best to schedule preventive care checkups about once or twice a year. But Dr. Berg may want to see you more regularly if you have a history of foot wounds. It’s also important to come to Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates if you: 

  • Notice blood or drainage in your socks
  • See a wound, cut, laceration, or abrasion
  • Feel pain in your foot 

These issues indicate that you might have a wound or ulcer that requires immediate medical treatment. 

How are diabetic ulcers treated?

Dr. Berg is a certified wound specialist with extensive training in wound care. She can treat your diabetic ulcer by:

  • Removing dead and damaged tissue (debridement)
  • Taking pressure off the area (off-loading) with orthotic inserts
  • Applying topical medications to promote healing
  • Prescribing oral antibiotic medications for bacterial infections
  • Fitting you for specialized diabetic shoes
  • Minimally invasive in-office tissue grafting to promote healing

Not only does Dr. Berg treat your diabetic ulcer right in the office, she also spends time counseling you on how to prevent future wounds. Because the team at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates understands the critical nature of diabetic wound care, they encourage you to come in for an evaluation at the first sign of injury.

Start your diabetic foot care evaluation at Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates right away. You can either request an appointment online or over the phone.