Diabetic Foot Care

Conveniently located to serve Portland, Lake Oswego, & West Linn

Boutique Podiatry Oregon Institute of Foot Care Lake Oswego
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How Dr. Manson Helps Patients With Diabetes

Dr. Manson is specially trained to treat problems of the lower legs and feet. He is extremely familiar with diabetes foot complications and understands how small issues can turn into serious problems. Dr. Manson can often spot subtle signs of trouble and quickly treat infections and sores to prevent dangerous complications. As part of your care team, Dr. Manson can also teach you how to check your feet and take care of them at home. For people with diabetes, having Dr. Manson as part of your health care team may reduce the risk of amputation and other serious complications.

Why you should have Dr. Manson and OIFC on your diabetes care team

Taking care of your feet is the cornerstone of living well with diabetes. Nearly 70% of lower limbs that are amputated each year in the United States are lost due to diabetes complications. When you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of complications that affect your feet. That’s why it’s important to partner with Dr. Manson and Oregon Institute of Foot Care as part of your diabetes care team.

Diabetes Related Nerve Damage Endangers Your Feet

Keeping your blood sugar well-controlled is a vital part of protecting your feet from potentially dangerous complications. That’s because high blood sugar can damage your nerves, reducing their ability to send the appropriate signals to your brain.
Diabetic nerve damage, known as neuropathy, commonly affects the nerves in the legs and feet. When your body has trouble interpreting signals sent from your nerves to your brain, you can lose some sensation in your extremities, particularly your legs and feet.
This situation means you may not feel pain when you have a cut or sore on your foot, so you won’t know to care for the wound. An untreated foot injury is dangerous for a person with diabetes. It can quickly turn into a serious infection that requires immediate attention.

Signs of diabetic neuropathy to look out for:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Reduced pain sensation
  • Sharp pains
  • Ulcers
  • Reduced sense of temperature changes
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Diabetes Related Circulation Problems Harm Your Feet

When you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where blood vessels become narrow. The blood vessels most often affected are those in the legs, feet, and toes. Because the arteries are narrow, blood has a harder time circulating throughout your body, resulting in reduced blood flow to your legs and feet.

PAD makes it harder for wounds to heal. This means if you bump or bruise your foot or a toe, a minor sore can take much longer than normal to fully heal, leaving you vulnerable to infection. Slow wound healing coupled with reduced circulation can raise the risk of tissue death. In severe cases, amputation is necessary.

Tell Dr. Manson during your appointment if you experience these symptoms of PAD:

  • Mild to severe leg pain
  • Changes in leg color
  • Lower extremity sores
  • Leg weakness
  • Leg cramping
  • Shiny skin on legs

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Heel Pain

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Skin Conditions

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Ankle And Leg

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Arch Pain

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About

At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, we care about healthy, happy, beautiful feet. We strive to provide personalized foot care and achieve the outcomes, both functionally and cosmetically, that our patients desire. What sets OIFC apart is our dedication to providing the highest quality care available, utilizing the latest medical techniques and technologies, educating patients to make well-informed health care decisions, and restoring foot and ankle function as quickly and beautifully as possible. Our mission is to give you healthy, happy, beautiful feet.

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