Diabetic Feet: The Risks and How to Avoid Them

Statistics from the American Diabetes Association indicate that 24 million Americans suffer from diabetes. This disease is also the leading cause of amputations of feet, legs, and toes. Today, our podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists outlines some of the risks associated with this disease and some tips for diabetic foot care.

Top 4 Risks for Patients With Diabetic Feet

As a person with diabetes, your feet face distinctive risks. Understanding them is the best way to avoid the common foot problems that come with this disease. Here are some of the most common foot health risks that people with diabetes have to cope with.

  1. Peripheral Arterial Disease: This disease reduces circulation and limits the amount of blood flow that reaches your feet, sometimes causing serious side effects.
  2. Infections: Blisters and abrasions are more dangerous for people with diabetes because blood flow to the feet is restricted so cuts cannot heal properly.
  3. Neuropathy: When your nerves do not function correctly, neuropathy occurs. This is particularly dangerous because if a patient cannot feel blisters or abrasions, they are at a higher risk of infection.
  4. Charcot Foot: This condition causes your foot to change its shape and is usually caused by fragile bones that break and collapse.

Daily Tips to Care For Your Diabetic Foot

With proper daily care, you can reduce the risk of having a foot ulcer or infection. Following are some tips to help maintain your healthy feet every day.

  • Make it a habit of inspecting your feet each day for cuts, sores or red spots.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.
  • Wear socks around the house to keep your feet warm.
  • Exercise – it’s the best way to encourage blood flow to your feet.
  • Do not cut your toenails around the corners to avoid getting an ingrown toenail; instead, cut them straight across.
  • Improve blood circulation by quitting unhealthy habits such as smoking or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods.

If you notice any changes in your feet, it’s essential to visit your podiatrist right away to reduce the chance for infection or a more serious foot problem. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 or schedule an appointment online.

Thoughtful Gifts for Senior Feet

Giving gifts has been an essential part of holiday celebrations for generations. At times, though, it can be challenging to find that perfect gift. This can be particularly true of the seniors in our lives because it can feel like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This holiday season, items to help the seniors in your life care for their feet might be the perfect gift. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some ideas.

Senior feet require a lot of loving care for many reasons. For one, as we age circulation is not as robust, muscles, and connective tissues begin to weaken, bones start to get thinner, and seniors become more vulnerable to serious diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes.

Taking special care of the lower limbs helps prevent serious problems from occurring, and allows seniors to maintain their flexibility and mobility. Some simple items can help seniors care for their feet – and they can make great holiday gifts too!

Great Holiday Gifts For Seniors

  • Socks: Kids may not like getting socks on Christmas morning, but for a senior who suffers from poor circulation, a nice, thick pair can make the difference between toasty and icy toes. Synthetic or woolen socks with moisture-absorbing properties are the best choice because they help draw perspiration away from the skin.
  • Slippers: Slippers that have thick soles that provide support can also help keep feet warm, especially for those who have diabetes. Thick, sturdy soles can help protect the feet from stepping on something sharp, and for someone with diabetes, this is vital for helping prevent injuries such as ulcers.
  • Pampering: There are also many other gift ideas that do not include footwear. It becomes more challenging to keep skin moisturized as we age, so that a good nourishing foot cream could be a useful gift. Treating their feet to some footbath crystals are another great idea.

Help the seniors in your life stay strong on their feet in their golden years. For more information regarding proper senior foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today.

Can Custom Orthotics Ease Your Foot Pain?

If your feet are constantly aching, you may be wondering if store-bought nonprescription inserts can help. In some cases, it might, but depending on your particular problem, you might need orthotics instead. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know to make a decision.

The inserts purchased in stores without a prescription can offer some support. They are typically constructed of materials such as plastic, foam or gel and are designed to fit inside shoes, but they are not custom-made. In addition, while inserts might make your shoes feel more comfortable, they are not intended to correct foot problems.

How Are Orthotics Different?

Custom orthotics are prescription devices that are worn inside shoes to correct foot problems. They can also ease foot pain caused by medical issues such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and diabetes and flat feet.

During an appointment, your podiatrist will take 3-dimensional pictures of each foot and conduct a comprehensive exam. If you do need orthotics, your podiatrist will capture the structure of your feet using plaster casts to achieve a perfect fit. When ready, they turn into rigid or soft orthotics.

Types of Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are constructed from materials like carbon fiber or plastic and are best for dress shoes that have a closed toe and low heel or walking shoes. They are specifically designed to relieve aching feet and soreness in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft orthotics are made from soft compression materials and provides support to take pressure off painful spots from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or diabetic-related foot problems. There are also special orthotics specifically designed for sporting equipment such as ice skates and ski boots.

While orthotics cost more than inserts, keep in mind that you’re also getting a medical assessment of any foot problems, a customized fit, and high-quality materials that will last for several years (with proper care). In addition, since orthotics are prescription medical devices, your insurance company might help cover the cost.

Not every patient will need custom orthotics – in some cases; a proper, supportive shoe may be all that is required to relieve or prevent pain.  Based on your diagnosis by Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, a custom orthotic may be an excellent treatment for what is ailing your feet.  Call our office today at

(425) 455-0936 or schedule an appointment online.