Many patients who are diagnosed with diabetes are terrified at the thought of losing a foot or leg due to blood sugar complications. While coping with diabetes is a daily struggle, it is much more effective to prevent an injury than to treat one—and proper prevention begins in the feet and toes.
We Can Treat (and Prevent) Diabetic Foot Injuries
We provide exceptional care for diabetes patients, and provide both prevention and treatment techniques for diabetes complications, including:
- Neuropathy. One of the biggest problems facing diabetes patients is neuropathy, a condition that causes numbness in the feet and legs. Increased blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage in the extremities, preventing patients from feeling their toes, heels, or even the whole foot. Neuropathy can make it easier for a patient to injure himself, as well as make healing more difficult. We test diabetes patients to determine the extent of their neuropathy, advise them on diet choices and blood sugar control, and also help them select proper footwear to help them avoid foot injuries.
- Wound care. All diabetic foot ulcers should be treated immediately and with the utmost care to prevent infection. Podiatrist Melissa Wawrzynek has a special focus in diabetic wound care, allowing patients to avoid amputation of their foot or leg and stop these injuries from occurring in the future. While we treat your foot ulcer, we also inspect your feet and toenails for potential problems and help you choose products and routines that can keep your feet healthy at home.
- Charcot foot. Patients who suffer from neuropathy are not only at risk of foot ulcers, they are also likely to suffer Charcot foot—a weakening of the bones that can lead to foot and ankle fractures. Patients with neuropathy may walk on a weakened foot because they are unaware of the pain, causing foot deformities that worsen over time and affect the patient’s mobility. We can immobilize the foot using casting and design custom orthotics to correct the changes in your foot, allowing you to walk normally.
- Fall risks. Diabetic patients are often at increased risk of falls due to an inability to feel pain. Toe stubs, improper footwear, and balance problems can all contribute to serious falls—a major cause of death for elderly adults. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we can examine patients for potential fall risks and provide proper intervention, including ankle bracing, custom orthotics, and diabetic shoes, to keep seniors walking safely.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Wellness Center, we know that diabetes can affect patients for the rest of their lives. That is why we stay committed to our patients to help them manage their symptoms early, reducing their injury risks and helping them live their lives to the fullest.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the podiatry team at Advanced Foot and Ankle Wellness Center can help you avoid life-threatening injury complications. Call us today at (610) 822-3900 to make an appointment, or fill out our quick online contact form and we will call you with our appointment options.