Diabetes Specialist

F. Keith Nebeker, DPM -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

F. Keith Nebeker, DPM

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Reno, NV

The effect that diabetes has on your body can be especially problematic in your feet, making expert oversight of your foot health imperative. F. Keith Nebeker, DPM, has extensive experience helping his diabetic patients in Reno, Nevada, safeguard the health of their feet in the face of neuropathy and other complications that stem from the disease. To learn more about diabetic foot care, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Diabetes Q & A

How does diabetes affect my feet?

Diabetes affects how your body regulates glucose, or sugar, in your bloodstream. As glucose builds up, it hampers your blood’s ability to flow freely throughout your body. This effect on your circulation is acutely felt in your feet, given their distance from your heart.

As a result, the nerves in your feet can become damaged in a condition known as diabetic neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy. The most common signs of diabetic neuropathy include:

  • Tingling and numbness in your feet
  • Pain or cramps
  • Wounds that are slow to heal, if at all
  • Loss of balance

Outside of neuropathy, diabetics need to be concerned with any condition that affects their feet, such as corns, calluses, and infections, that are magnified by the disease.

How are diabetic feet treated?

The most important thing you can do to guard the health of your feet as a diabetic is to be vigilant about your care. Having a podiatrist on your team is crucial. Dr. Nebeker will closely monitor your feet and step in at the first signs of a problem. The damage from neuropathy can’t be undone, so prevention techniques are the best way to protect yourself from life-long foot problems.

Typically, Dr. Nebeker sits down with to review your medical history and lifestyle to come up with a treatment plan that best suits your situation and your goals. This plan may include:

  • Keeping blood sugar levels regulated
  • Losing weight and exercising to encourage better cardiovascular health
  • Vigilant at-home care of your feet
  • Medications to control any pain

There’s no cure for diabetes, but there are many ways you can stave off the more serious complications of the disease with the right management techniques.

How can I prevent diabetic foot problems?

Outside of your regular visits with Dr. Nebeker, your at-home care is paramount in keeping diabetic foot problems at bay. This includes:

  • Washing and drying your feet daily
  • Checking your feet for any open wounds
  • Trimming your nails straight across and not too short
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that don’t crowd your toes
  • Wearing dry socks at all times

To learn more about diabetes and your feet, call Dr. Nebeker or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.