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Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole body, prompting nerve damage and poor circulation. The lack of circulation and poor blood flow to the body’s extremities allows for a small matter or infection to progress into a more serious problem. If gone unnoticed or left unchecked, a small blister on the foot can quickly lead to a serious foot problem—in extreme cases, this includes the possibility of foot amputation.
Diabetes may make the feeling of small infections difficult to detect, but if properly taken care of, acknowledgement and treatment can prevent diabetic foot altogether.
Diabetic foot can be prevented through the practice of good habits, including:
Diabetic foot symptoms commonly come from the underlying issue that arises within the nerves and circulation of the peripheral extremities. Normal injuries to the foot or ankle, such as a twisting of the ankle or a puncture wound, can be exacerbated by an underlying diabetic issue. An infection of the foot, on the other hand, will cause redness, swelling, localized warmth, change in skin characteristics, fever, and chills.Several common conditions that arise from diabetic foot include:
Diagnosing diabetic foot relies on a doctor thoroughly examining a patient’s medical history, including his/her diabetic history, and performing a physical exam, X-ray, ultrasound, angiogram and lab tests.
The best way to treat diabetic foot is by preventing small wounds from escalating into larger problems. Our physicians will provide a professional inspection of your feet, checking for the presence of any wounds or abnormalities, and provide the necessary care for any abnormalities that are found. They will also use tools to test the sensation that is able to be felt in the foot and lower extremities to determine how at risk you are with the diabetic neuropathy. All abnormalities and injuries—even the most minor—should be reported to our physicians. Diabetic foot treatment options are centered on increasing sensation and improving blood flow to the feet. Options include:
Our foot and ankle doctors utilize diagnostic and treatment innovations to manage foot complications from diabetes. Diabetic foot care can help to alleviate pain and prevent further health problems.