What are diabetic foot problems?
Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States alone. People with diabetes suffer from a number of foot problems including ulcers, Charcot’s foot, and even amputation.
In addition to affecting your blood sugar levels, diabetes also has an effect on your foot health. High levels of blood sugar can restrict blood flow to your feet and damage your nerves (neuropathy). Diabetic neuropathy causes numbness and tingling and can cause you to lose sensation in your feet.
When you lose feeling in your feet, you can experience injuries like cuts, blisters, or even broken bones without noticing. Over time, small injuries can turn into major problems that can jeopardize your feet as well as your overall health.
Decreased blood flow to the feet also makes it difficult for you to heal and can increase your risk of infection. People with diabetes commonly struggle with foot ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Infected injuries can lead to gangrene, which may require amputation for effective treatment.
Who needs diabetic foot care?
If you have diabetes, proper foot care can mean the difference between healthy feet and possible amputation. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Betschart provides diabetic foot care to help you preserve your foot health and avoid diabetic foot problems.
Because diabetic foot problems are so common, diabetic foot care is an essential part of managing your diabetes.
What should I expect during my appointment?
During your appointment, Dr. Betschart performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. You and he discuss the steps you take to manage your diabetes as well as any concerns you have about your feet.
If you suffer from a diabetic foot problem like neuropathy or a foot ulcer, the next step is treatment. Dr. Betschart offers a number of services like wound care and custom orthotics to help restore the health of your feet.
Dr. Betschart also offers diabetic shoes and participates in the Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program.
What are diabetic shoes?
Diabetic shoes are specifically designed to address different diabetic foot problems. Certain diabetic shoes are designed with extra depth and room to accommodate foot changes like bunions, corns, or calluses. Diabetic shoes provide extra cushioning to prevent issues like blisters or ulcers.
Other types of diabetic shoes can assist in healing from wounds or foot surgery. Although not everyone with diabetes needs diabetic shoes, they can help you preserve your health and prevent complications with your feet.
To schedule your diabetic foot care appointment, call or book your appointment online at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center today.