Diabetic Foot Specialist

Mafutaga S. Tagaloa-Tulifau, D.P.M. -  - Podiatrist

Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Care Center, Inc

Mafutaga S. Tagaloa-Tulifau, D.P.M.

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Lakewood, CA

One out of every five diabetic patients will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime. Prevention and quick treatment are essential for protecting your health, which is why Dr. Mafutaga Tagaloa-Tulifau offers routine diabetic foot exams, education about self-care, and expert treatment when diabetic foot problems develop. A diabetic foot ulcer is one of the most severe complications of diabetes, so call her practice, Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Center, Inc in Lakewood, California, or book an appointment online for diabetic foot care.

Diabetic Foot Q & A

How does diabetes affect your feet?

High blood sugar damages small blood vessels, which interferes with circulation in your feet. When this happens, cuts and sores take extra time to heal or don’t heal properly.

When your blood sugar is high, another severe condition develops – diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage – which makes it hard to feel sensations like pain, heat, cold and itching.

 

What do you need to know about diabetic foot ulcers?

Diabetic neuropathy is a common factor in about 90% of all diabetic foot ulcers. Without normal nerve signals, you won’t feel symptoms of a cut or wound, so it may go untreated, develop into an ulcer, and cause an infection. It’s essential to:

Prevent ulcers with daily self-inspection

You can prevent ulcers if you check your feet every day and find potential problems as early as possible.

Seek professional treatment

It’s important to obtain treatment from Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau as soon as you notice any of the following:

  • Cuts and scratches
  • Blisters
  • Discoloration
  • Dryness
  • Calluses or corns
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

 

How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau may take an X-ray to look for changes in your bones and bone misalignments that lead to ulcers. Then she takes a proactive approach, with routine check-ups and treatment of foot deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet, which increase your risk of developing a foot ulcer.

After a diabetic foot ulcer develops, treatment focuses on healing and preventing infection. Treatment may include:

  • Off-loading: Removes pressure from the ulcer with footgear, braces or crutches
  • Debridement: Cleans the ulcer
  • Medication or dressings: Protects the ulcer and promotes healing
  • Laser therapy: Promotes wound healing and diminishes ulcer size
  • Tendon rebalancing surgery: Eliminates stress on foot to heal ulcer and prevent recurrence
  • Blood glucose management: Steps to keep blood sugar in normal range

 

How can therapeutic diabetic shoes prevent ulcers?

Diabetic shoes are specially designed to prevent skin damage and ulcers with features such as:

  • Molded inserts
  • Padded tongue
  • Foam cushion around heel
  • Stabilizers to prevent heel slipping
  • Larger toe box
  • Arch support

 

The Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Center, Inc is certified by the Medicare Therapeutic Diabetic Shoe Program, which means they meet strict Medicare guidelines, they’re certified shoe-fitters, and they’re approved to prescribe diabetic shoes for Medicare participants.

Please call Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau or schedule an appointment online for routine foot care that helps prevent diabetic foot ulcers.