Keeping your feet healthy

By Jeffrey Hagen, DPM


Susan Smith, Ph.D., CDE


Jeffrey Hagen, DPM

I have been shocked at the sheer number of people with diabetes and its complications, particularly in the Central Valley.

Uncontrolled diabetes causes damage all over the body and can lead to nerve and circulatory damage to the feet and lower legs. In fact, about 73,000 amputations were performed in the U.S. in one year alone due to uncontrolled diabetes.

I look forward to helping you return to the activities you love, and to maintaining healthy control of your diabetes, working closely with VMC’s certified diabetes educator Susan Smith, Ph.D.

Learn more about VMC’s diabetes team at

Do you have diabetes? Protect your feet!

  • Do:
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Exercise
  • Watch your diet
  • See a podiatrist at least once a year
  • Wear closed shoes
  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Get help soon if you have problems
  • Don’t:
  • Neglect your health
  • Stay sedentary
  • Wear sandals/open shoes
  • Walk barefoot outside
  • Self-treat your foot problems
  • Delay treatment
  • Wear dark socks