We tend to think of our feet when we are in pain or when we have a problem with them. If you are a diabetic patient and have never had an open sore, consider yourself lucky! You must keep them as healthy as possible in order to prevent that from ever happening. However once you have an open ulcer and your feet are healed, and the ulceration or open sore is now resolved, it is imperative to come up with a maintenance plan that will help maintain those healthy feet.
The doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic will check your feet and your diabetic shoes and inserts. In fact, as part of the Medicare diabetic shoe program, it is important to have the shoes evaluated for proper fit and function. Many private insurance plans cover shoes and inserts as well. If they need to be replaced, our doctors must perform a thorough exam documenting our findings. Our doctors will then be able to write a prescription for you to visit a certified pedorthist. The pedorthisr will discuss appropriate shoe gear for your level of activity, will take a mold of your foot if needed, and discuss the shoes and inserts that you will qualify for. They in turn will work with your primary care doctor to obtain the necessary documentation to have the shoes and accommodative inserts dispensed or replaced if you are already part of the program. In addition, over time, your feet structure may have changed, or your activity level may have increased or decreased, or even the severity of your diabetes may have changed. These are all factors that directly affect the condition of your feet. So kudos to you that you are now pain free and ulcer free; however, take the time to come up with a good maintenance plan to keep your feet that way.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see one of our doctors, contact Prairie Path Foot and Ankle at 630-834-3668.