Diabetic Wound & Foot Care Specialist

Sequoia Foot Care Group

Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Visalia, CA

When you have diabetes, you’re at risk of suffering from slow-healing wounds that if left untreated, can become so severe you need an amputation. With his expertise in comprehensive diabetic wound care solutions, Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS, provides personalized diabetic foot care at Sequoia Foot Care Group in Visalia, California. If you have a diabetic wound or need a diabetic foot care exam, contact the clinic online or over the phone to book your visit.

Diabetic Wound & Foot Care

When should I see a podiatrist for diabetic wound care?

Diabetes damages tissues all over your body. Continuous blood sugar spikes can impact circulation, which ultimately destroys nerves and limits tissue-building nutrient delivery to your skin. As a result, you may not be able to feel when you have a wound and when one occurs, it heals so slowly, it can become seriously infected.

For these reasons, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of diabetic foot wounds, so you know when it’s time to seek treatment. A diabetic foot ulcer can lead to:

  • Open sores
  • Foul odor
  • Redness or swelling
  • Numbness, burning or tingling
  • Drainage or blood in your socks

The pain and discomfort you experience depend on the extent of your nerve damage. If you notice any of these issues, even if the diabetic wound seems minor, it’s important to start diabetic wound care treatment right away.

How are diabetic wounds treated?

At Sequoia Foot Care Group, Dr. Motos sits down with you and thoroughly evaluates your diabetic foot wound. He provides a personalized multifaceted diabetic wound care plan to help you heal as quickly as possible. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Trimming away dead skin tissues (debridement)
  • Removing calluses, corns, or ingrown toenails
  • Cleaning your wound and applying antimicrobial ointments
  • Wrapping your wound and showing you how to change your bandages
  • Off-loading pressure from the wound by designing custom orthotic inserts

If you have a severe diabetic foot ulcer that’s infected, Dr. Motos may also prescribe oral antibiotics as part of your treatment plan.   

Can I prevent diabetic foot wounds?

You might not be able to prevent every single diabetic foot wound, but you can certainly take a few steps to decrease your risk. Once Dr. Motos treats your current wound, he counsels you on how to prevent further issues. Caring for your feet when you have diabetes involves:

  • Keeping your blood sugar under control
  • Checking your feet daily for sores or cuts
  • Scheduling annual diabetic foot care exams
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Moisturizing your feet regularly
  • Wearing diabetic shoes

Dr. Motos encourages you to schedule a diabetic foot care examination at Sequoia Foot Care Group anytime you suspect you have a diabetic foot wound, or if you start developing a nail infection or ingrown toenail, or even corns or calluses.

By taking care of your feet and seeking medical intervention when minor issues surface, you can dramatically reduce your risk of serious limb-threatening diabetic ulcers.

Don’t hesitate another day to schedule your diabetic wound care evaluation at Sequoia Foot Care Group. Click on the online booking feature or call the office to book a visit.