Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. And according to the American Diabetes Association, about 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of the United States population) have diabetes.
Diabetic Foot is the common term for complications seen in the lower limb, particularly the foot, in diabetic patients. It is often a result of neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease.
Diabetics must constantly monitor the health of their feet because a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that’s too tight can cause a lot of damage. Any injury heals more slowly for a diabetic because their blood flow is diminished. Any injury that is not treated could lead to consequences as severe as having to amputate a foot.
What causes Diabetic Foot problems?
Several risk factors increase a diabetic person’s chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet.
Footwear: Poorly fitting shoes are a common cause of diabetic foot problems.
Nerve damage: People with long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes are at risk for having damage to the nerves in their feet.
Poor circulation: When there is a lack of blood flow to injured tissues, the healing effect is reduced.
Trauma to the foot: Any trauma to the foot can increase the risk of developing a more serious problem.
Infections: Athlete’s foot, a fungal infection of the skin or toenails, can lead to more serious bacterial infections and should be treated promptly.
Smoking: Smoking any form of tobacco causes damage to the small blood vessels in the feet and legs.
With proper diagnosis and treatment of the underlying tissue, healing is possible in a short amount of time.
Treatment of diabetic foot infections:
There are basically three stages to the treatment of diabetic foot.
* Debridement: This involves removing all the dead and dying tissue from the area. It also involves cleaning the area well, and cleaning out any pus that may be present.
* Drainage: This is mainly for wounds that have pus in them. Proper and timely drainage has helped a number of people retain their limbs.
* Bandaging and infection control: This is the process of bandaging the wound properly and treating the patient with appropriate antibiotics.
Our podiatry clinic helps with the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems. The healing and prevention program includes:
* Annual inspection of the foot
* Identification of the foot at risk
* Education of people with diabetes, and healthcare professionals
* Appropriate foot wear
* Rapid treatment of all foot problem
Our clinical staff use advanced foot care treatments to provide the most up-to-date technologies available to heal diabetic foot problems as soon as possible.
Our diabetic foot problems Program is committed to healing problems by providing the patient with progressive healing treatments, and arranging services to support healing in an outpatient setting.
If you suffer from diabetes, it is crucial that you ensure your feet are healthy by working with your doctor to reduce the likelihood of infection and quickly treat any infection that arises. Contact us today at (561) 123-1234 to learn how we can help you protect your feet for a lifetime.