Diabetes is a ravaging disease that affects all parts of your body, including your feet. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 60 percent of diabetes patients suffer from foot-related complications. Many of these problems occur as a result of nerve damage and the inability to feel and recognize ailments until it is too late.
This is why it is crucial for persons living with diabetes to see a podiatrist routinely, in order to have problems recognized early, prevent problems before they occur, and receive the proper treatment when a problem does arise.
Step by Step Support
Our podiatrists are trained to spot various diabetes complications within your feet and legs, and we take pride in the treatment of these issues. Many podiatrists focus specifically on feet and that’s it. However, we know that foot problems—especially diabetic foot problems—can affect your entire leg and your overall health. That’s one reason why we focus on everything from your toes to your hip (excluding the knee), and search for potential issues such as:
- Signs of dangerous shoe wear. Inappropriate shoes can cause sores and cuts which can easily become infected due to a weakened immune system. Symptoms may include red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain.
- Poor circulation. Blood flow can easily become compromised in diabetes patients, causing the blood to pool or not circulate properly in the lower legs and feet. This poor circulation can cause tissue, muscle, and nerve damage.
- Nerve damage. People who have long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes are also at risk for having damage to the nerves in their feet, which is known in the medical community as peripheral neuropathy. If you have nerve damage, you may not be able to feel your feet normally and you may also be unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing, which can cause even more harm to your feet and increase your risk of falling.
- Infections. Nerve damage can cause a patient to be unaware of cuts and sores, which could lead to dangerous infections. These infections could not only destroy foot function but could also infect the bloodstream, requiring drastic lifesaving amputations.
- Trauma. Nerve damage can also cause a patient to be oblivious to certain traumas such as sprains, broken bones, spurs, or pressure injuries, leading to further damage and complications.
Treatment and Care
In addition to our specific and extensive knowledge with diabetic foot analyses, we have state-of-the-art treatments at hand to help you manage your foot health. We provide comprehensive care, including:
- Prescription shoes
- Physical therapy
- Foot and leg exercise tutorials
- Diabetic foot care plans
- Personal diabetes consultants
- Laser therapy for toenail fungus or other infections
- Amputation therapy
- Wound care
- Vascular testing
- Senior Medicare support
Let Us Help Take the Pressure Off Your Feet and Mind
Managing a disease such as diabetes is hard enough without having to worry about your feet. Let us help you keep your tootsies safe, healthy, and functional. Contact us today to set up your first appointment. Our podiatrists are waiting to care for you and to give you the peace of mind you need and the support you deserve. Call us today at 888-668-8344 to see how we can help you stand tall against your foot care risks.