If you have diabetes, you have a high risk of developing non-healing foot ulcers. Of those who develop a diabetic foot ulcer, 6% end up in the hospital with an infection, and 14-25% eventually need an amputation. The podiatric team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists can help you prevent dangerous ulcers and complications with routine diabetic foot care. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Mission Viejo or Laguna Hills, California, or book a consultation online today.
High blood sugar damages nerves and small blood vessels, causing a range of complications, including vision loss, kidney disease, and heart disease. However, nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy, affects your feet first.
Nerve damage causes numbness, and blood vessel damage limits the blood supply in your feet. If you get a tiny cut, bruise, or pressure wound from tight shoes, you may not feel the problem, and the wound won’t heal due to the lack of blood flow.
As a result, a small wound can quickly turn into a diabetic foot ulcer. Ulcers don’t heal without medical wound care. In addition, diabetic ulcers lead to skin and bone infections, tissue death, and amputations.
Part of diabetic foot care includes getting in the habit of examining, cleaning, and moisturizing your feet every day. Daily care catches problems early so you can get medical help before an ulcer develops.
You can also prevent foot ulcers by wearing well-fitting shoes and clean, dry socks for added padding. Don’t try to treat warts, corns, ingrown toenails, or calluses on your own. You can easily damage your skin and develop an ulcer or infection.
You should schedule a diabetic foot care appointment any time you notice:
Numbness, tingling, or pain are also red flags alerting you to schedule a foot exam.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have a yearly foot exam. However, you may need more frequent appointments if you lose sensation or have a history of ulcers.
During your annual appointments, your provider at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists carefully examines your feet, looking for skin problems, blisters, infections, and foot problems. They also test foot sensation and reflexes.
You may also receive services such as:
Your provider promptly treats problems such as corns, calluses, and bunions. Any lump or deformity creates pressure points. The pressure then breaks down your skin and causes ulcers.
To schedule diabetic foot care, call Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.