Diabetes Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

If you have diabetes, you should have a relationship with a trusted podiatrist who understands your health. Tad Borland, DPM, MS, of Step Right Podiatry has a special interest in diabetic foot care and extensive experience in treating diabetic ulcers. Whether you have a current foot wound or just need to become established with a podiatrist, schedule an exam at this Ambridge, Pennsylvania, clinic. Book online or over the phone.

Diabetes

Why do I need to see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

Blood sugar fluctuations associated with diabetes lead to a realm of issues all over your body. The frequent surges in blood sugar (glucose) can cause permanent tissue damage, which impacts normal blood flow.

Not only does blood circulation become limited, which delays wound healing, you’re also at risk of nerve damage, so you can’t feel when a wound occurs. Diabetics have a high risk of amputation due to a serious infection from a foot wound that isn’t properly treated.

While you should certainly visit your podiatrist if you have any kind of wound on your foot, it’s best to schedule routine preventive exams annually to check for warning signs of injuries or abnormalities. This way, you can get treatment early on before your condition worsens and learn how to properly care for your feet to prevent future issues.

What are the signs of a diabetic foot wound?

Most men and women can tell when they have a cut or scrape on their foot. After all, as soon as you step on it, you should feel pain. But with diabetes, the lack of sensation due to nerve damage can drastically decrease your ability to feel wounds. If you don’t thoroughly check your feet daily, you might not even know you have a wound.

Some of the signs and symptoms of a foot wound include:


  • Blood or drainage in your socks
  • Redness or swelling
  • Foul odor


These are just some of the red flags that you may have a diabetic foot wound or ulcer that requires immediate medical intervention.

How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Dr. Borland treats mild to severe foot ulcers right in the office at Step Right Podiatry. Depending on the severity of your foot wound and whether or not it’s infected, your treatment may include:

  • Topical antibiotic ointments
  • Wrapping or bandaging the wound
  • Removal of dead skin tissue (debridement)
  • Off-loading weight to take pressure off with orthotic inserts


To prevent diabetic foot wounds later on, Dr. Borland works with you and your primary care physician to stabilize your blood sugar. He can also teach you how to properly trim your toenails and care for your feet to further decrease your risk of future foot ulcers.

Schedule your diabetic foot care evaluation at Step Right Podiatry today. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.