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Visit Las Vegas Podiatrist Dr. Pardis Kelly for Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Care

Taking good care of your feet when you have diabetes means keeping them healthy and functional. At Las Vegas Footcare, Dr. Pardis Kelly wants to help those with diabetes keep their feet healthy by offering comprehensive diabetic foot care, wound care, and preventative services. Contact our Las Vegas, Nevada, office to request an appointment. 

What Is Involved in Diabetic Foot Care?

If you have diabetes, invite Dr. Kelly to be your personal podiatrist. She provides routine foot checks to evaluate you for any hard-to-see blisters, corns, or calluses that could lead to complications. 

Diabetic foot care may also include diagnostic and treatment for issues such as:

  • Cuts or sores
  • Blisters
  • Bruises
  • Calluses
  • Ingrown toenails

Diabetic foot care also includes acute care for foot or toe infections that show up as swelling, discoloration, and foul-smelling discharge. 

What Happens During a Diabetic Foot Care Consultation?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kelly sits down with you to find out about your personal health history, the course of your diabetes, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. She’ll also carefully examine your feet to identify any issues that need treatment.

If you have any wounds that need care, she’ll thoroughly clean the area and apply the necessary treatment to help you heal. She’ll also provide follow-up to make sure you’re healing properly. 

You also receive resources that help you keep your feet healthy. These include:

  • Guidance for daily foot checks
  • Daily foot cleaning and moisturizing tips
  • Toenail trimming techniques
  • Lifestyle changes to improve blood circulation in your legs and feet

Dr. Kelly will also help in any way she can to keep you on track with diabetes and blood sugar management, which only improves your foot health.

What Role Does Prevention Play in Diabetic Wound Care?

Preventing wounds is the number one goal of diabetic foot care. Dr. Kelly recommends you examine your feet every day for signs of trouble. This involves looking for signs of injury, sores, calluses, ingrown nails, or other problems. If you do find anything out of the ordinary, reach out to Las Vegas Footcare immediately. These foot problems can be effectively treated when caught early, so more in-depth wound care is not needed. 

Visit Dr. Kelly once or twice a year for baseline X-rays and foot inspections. These routine checks detect issues early, preventing complications down the road. Detailed guidelines tailored to your needs will be discussed during your visit.

Never walk barefoot and avoid hot surfaces or water. These precautions reduce the risk of injuries and infections, which is crucial for individuals with diabetes

What Are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds that occur in patients with diabetes. Often, these sores are located on the bottom of the foot and cause pain while walking. They also have a great potential of becoming infected. 

If you notice a foot ulcer, seek care from Dr. Kelly immediately. Timely care can reduce the risk of infection and amputation and improve your quality of life. After her surgical residency, Dr. Kelly completed a diabetic fellowship and has the skills necessary to deal with your wounds.

What Diabetic Wound Care Is Available for Foot Ulcers?

Dr. Kelly wants to heal your foot ulcer as soon as possible. Her treatment goals are to:

  • Prevent infection
  • Take the pressure off the area of the wound
  • Remove any dead skin and tissue
  • Apply medications and/or dressings

She’ll also work with you and your diabetic specialist to make sure you’re able to manage your blood glucose levels. Proper management of your diabetes can help ulcers heal faster and prevent new ones from forming.

If your wound is infected, she may prescribe antibiotics and hospitalization in the most severe cases. 

Healing can take several weeks or months, but Dr. Kelly is with you every step of the way.