Diabetic Foot Care
Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing problems with their feet. In fact, more than half of all diabetics lose sensation in their feet over time as a result of nerve or blood vessel damage, which can lead to unknowing injuries. Diabetes also slows healing and weakens the immune system, turning even the smallest injury into a serious problem. Minor foot and ankle injuries such as a blister or ingrown toenail can lead to infection, tissue death and more.
The most effective treatment method for diabetic foot conditions is prevention, which can be done by educating patients in the care and treatment of their feet. We train all of our diabetic patients to examine their feet on a regular basis. Should any problems arise, our doctors are fully trained and experienced to treat the condition thoroughly and efficiently to reduce the risk of complications. Patients with diabetes should have their feet examined on a regular basis to detect any abnormalities in their earliest stages.
Diabetic Reconstructive Surgery
Diabetic patients with foot problems often experience pain, difficulty walking and other symptoms that may affect their overall quality of life. Surgery is often needed to correct these conditions and to keep the foot as healthy as possible and prevent more serious problems that can require amputation of the foot.
The type of surgery performed depends on the type and severity of the condition, but aims to restore function and stability to the foot, as well as relieving pain and restoring a proper appearance. Surgery may involve any part of the foot, including the tendons, bones, joints, tissue or skin. Metal screws, pins, wires and plates may be used to help the foot heal and ensure a full recovery. Most reconstructive procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis using minimally invasive techniques.
It is important to exercise extreme care when undergoing surgery, as patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for infection and other complications. Choosing an experienced doctor to perform your procedure can help reduce the associated risks.