Diabetic Foot Care and Management - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Diabetic Foot Care and Management

About this Service

Physical Therapy Care for Diabetes: Care of the Lower Leg & Foot

  • Joint Mobility
  • Strength
  • Skin Integrity
  • Management of Swelling (edema)

It is common for people with diabetes to experience the following:

  • Loss of sensation (for example: sense of touch, temperature, movement and position)
  • Loss of movement control of ankle and foot related to loss of range of motion of joints and strength of the muscles that control them
  • Swelling of the lower leg
  • Development of deformity
  • Ulcers of the skin that can become deep into the tissues of the foot and lower leg

The Importance: These issues (listed above) can cause problems with walking, mobility and can lead to amputation of the lower leg.

Physical Therapy services at the Madison VA will guide Veteran patients in:

  • Care of the lower leg with exercises, edema control and hygiene
  • Use of compression socks, splints, bracing and adaptive shoes
  • Understanding of how management through controlling diet and weight helps prevent foot problems

Contact Info


  • Second Floor B2
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
    2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison,WI 53705

Contact Number(s)

  • 608-280-7036
  • 888-478-8321 Ext. 17036

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:00pm
    By appointment