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Diabetic Foot Care is important. What sets us apart?
For those who are diabetic, it is extremely important to know what is going on with your feet and to act quickly if something hurts or is not
normal. While routine nail care is a good way to ensure your feet are checked every nine weeks or so, there are additional steps you can take to
reduce the risks to your feet associated with diabetes, including calluses, neuropathy, and ulcers.
At Illinois Foot & Ankle Center, we offer a comprehensive list of services to ensure our diabetic patients are receiving proper treatment and
living as comfortably as possible. Dr. May continuously attends seminars in the latest techniques and stays up-to-date with the best equipment
available, earning us the designation of Center of Excellence in Diabetic Foot Care.
Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE)
If you’re a new patient to Dr. May, you will schedule this appointment after your initial visit. For our established
diabetic patients, we will schedule this separately from your regular nail care appointment. This appointment will
be dedicated to your CDFE and no other services (including nail care) will be completed at this visit. This visit is
covered by Medicare when no other services are performed on the same day.
During this 30-minute appointment, Dr. May will perform a thourough exam using specialized tools to check your
feet to identify your risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer. The results of the tests performed will be provided to
you to present to your primary care physician.
This appointment will also allow us to determine if you qualify for the Diabetic Shoe Program through Medicare. If
you qualify, you will need to follow the additional steps listed below.
All diabetic patients are encouraged to schedule their routine foot care appointment every nine weeks. This is not
only for nail care, but also allows Dr. May to perform regular checks and ensure no further complications are
developing, and to take action should a new issue be present.
If you qualify for the Diabetic Shoe Program, you will choose the style of the shoes you like and be measured for
the diabetic inserts at your CDFE appointment. You will also be provided with the forms that will require the
signature of your primary care physician, or the physician that is actively managing your diabetes. Once you have
obtained this signature, you must return the forms to Illinois Foot & Ankle Center. Your shoes will then be
ordered. A separate appointment will be required for fitting and dispensement.
In the event that you develop a diabetic foot ulcer, please call our office for an appointment immediately. There is
no need to contact a wound care clinic, as Dr. May is fully trained and highly experienced in wound care. We will
get you in as soon as possible and give you priority scheduling to get you healed. See our Wound Care page for
more information on the wound care process at Illinois Foot & Ankle Center.