Diabetic Foot Care Is Very Important?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that if untreated, can lead to a variety of health problems, particularly those that affect your lower extremities. If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to develop slow-healing wounds, diabetic ulcers, peripheral neuropathy, and calluses. These conditions also increase your risk of infection and in turn, the need for amputation. Don’t let it get to that point, let our podiatrists help you with a treatment plan that will greatly improve your outcomes.
It’s important to start a care plan as soon as you can in order to significantly lower your risk of more serious problems by monitoring your feet regularly, taking your prescription medications, exercising, and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Types of Diabetic Foot Care?
Family Foot & Ankle Physicians has comprehensive diabetic foot care treatments, including:
- Wound Care: Diabetes often damages the nerves in your feet, preventing you from feeling pain if you cut your foot or step on a foreign object. If a wound goes unnoticed and it’s combined with poor circulation, you’re more likely to develop an infection. When you have diabetes, your wounds don’t heal as quickly as they would for another, so it’s important you seek professional medical help. Family Foot & Ankle Physicians offers safe and effective treatments for diabetic wounds, including antibiotics, enzyme treatments, diabetic shoes, casts, and foot braces.
- Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy affects 60-70% of people with diabetes. Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve damage, which is associated with symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and balance problems. Unfortunately, many people assume these symptoms are just a result of old age. If your feet or toes regularly bother you, it’s important to make an appointment with Family Foot & Ankle Physicians. Combined with amputation prevention services, Family Foot & Ankle Physicians helps your limbs stay healthy and infection-free.
What is Routine Diabetic Foot Care?
Even if you haven’t developed neuropathy or a diabetic ulcer, you can still benefit from diabetic foot care. Following an exam and review of your medical history, Family Foot & Ankle Physicians can provide you with tips and suggestions to help you detect problems early on and prevent further complications.
For example, inspecting your feet on a daily basis, washing your feet regularly, and wearing comfortable, well-fitting footwear can significantly lower your risk of infection or other complications. If you’re living with diabetes, it’s crucial to take good care of your feet and toes. Family Foot & Ankle Physicians has years of experience assisting patients with diabetic foot care.
Family Foot & Ankle Physicians has a primary location in Greenville, servicing cities such as Greenville, Farmville, Ahoskie, Kinston, Winterville, Tarboro, New Bern, Edenton, Washington, Rocky Mount, with patients coming from throughout eastern North Carolina and beyond. To request your appointment, call our Greenville office today, talk to your doctor about a referral or use the online booking tool to schedule your visit.