Diabetes Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

If you have diabetes, your high risk of developing serious foot wounds and ulcers is a major concern. As a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care expert, Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS, of Complete Foot & Ankle Care offers comprehensive diabetes foot care management. Schedule your evaluation with Dr. Hayman in Prescott, Arizona, by clicking on the online scheduler or calling the clinic directly.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care is a multifaceted approach that involves taking measures to prevent wounds, learning how to detect ulcers, and treating any foot and ankle injuries you do have. When you have diabetes, blood circulation throughout your body is limited. This leads to a wide variety of issues, particularly in your feet, which is already the farthest point from your heart.

When wounds do occur with diabetes, your body just can’t send blood — which is full of healing components and nutrients — to the area quick enough. This increases your risk of a serious infection. Plus, frequent spikes in blood sugar can lead to permanent nerve damage, so you might not even be able to feel when you have a cut or wound on your foot.

Diabetic foot care involves having regular podiatric checkups at least once a year to evaluate the health of your feet and ankles. If needed, you can also get treatment for any wounds you currently have and learn how to care for them at home.

When should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Building a lasting relationship with a dedicated podiatrist should be a priority when you have diabetes. While Dr. Hayman usually wants you to check in once a year for routine visits, he might want you to come in more frequently if you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, regularly have blood sugar spikes, or have a history of diabetic foot ulcers.

It’s also important to head to Complete Foot & Ankle Care as soon as possible if you have:

  • Blood or drainage in your socks
  • Foot redness or swelling
  • Minor to severe abrasions

These are just some of the initial warning signs that you might have a diabetic ulcer and possible infection, so you need to get treatment quickly.

How are diabetic wounds treated?

Dr. Hayman can treat your diabetic foot wound right in the office. Depending on the severity of your condition, he may need to:

  • Apply topical medications
  • Wrap the wound
  • Trim away dead skin (debridement)
  • Take pressure off the wound by offloading (orthotics can help with this)

You might need oral antibiotic medication if you have an underlying infection, too. Because seemingly minor diabetic foot wounds can quickly become serious and lead to an amputation, Dr. Hayman monitors you regularly and counsels you on how to take care of your feet.

Schedule your diabetic foot care evaluation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care today. Book online or over the phone.