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Feet Tips For Diabetics

Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Diabetics are at increased risk for foot complications, as many diabetics have reduced blood flow and damaged nerves. There are a few measures to take to protect your feet. First, examine your feet daily. If you cannot see your feet completely, use a mirror or have someone assist you. Look for cuts, discoloration, and sores. Make sure your toenails are cut and filed as well. Additionally, do not walk barefoot. You should assure that the lining on your shoes and socks are smooth before wearing them. Another step to remember is to avoid subjecting your feet to extreme temperatures. Check showers or bodies of water before entering. When possible, elevate your legs and wiggle your toes in order to help your circulation. Remembering these tips could prevent amputation, or even life-threatening complications. Diabetics should be going to a podiatrist twice a year for an exam, as well as speaking with a podiatrist when questions arise.

Diabetic Limb Salvage

Diabetic limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have a foot ulcer and diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Diabetic limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot, that has an infected ulcer, from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Amputation has been found to lead to higher mortality rates. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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