Diabetic Limb Salvage
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Diabetic Limb Salvage Q & A
What is diabetes?
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Foot problems are one of the main reasons diabetics end up in the hospital. Over time, diabetes can cause permanent nerve damage also known as neuropathy. If the nerves in your feet and ankles don’t work like they should, you can cut your foot, develop a wound, or step on a foreign object and not realize it. Left unmanaged, minor injuries can turn into major infections, causing gangrene and ultimately, the need for amputation.
Some common diabetic foot problems include:
- Foot ulcers
- Ingrown toenails
- Deep infections
If you have diabetes, you’re also at risk of charcot fractures. This occurs if you break a bone or suffer a crush injury but don’t realize it.
What is diabetic limb salvage?
Diabetic limb salvage is a branch of podiatry care focused on treating diabetic foot problems before they get worse. By taking preemptive measures, diabetic limb salvage can preserve your feet and ankles without the need for a time-consuming, risky, or complex surgery.
Eastside Podiatry PLLC holds membership in a group of wound care centers where the only focus is diabetic limb salvage. This ensures men, women, and children with diabetes receive the podiatric care they desperately need, before diabetes-related wound problems become more serious.
Is there any way to lower my risk of diabetes-related foot problems?
There’s no way to prevent diabetes-related foot problems entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. The team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC recommends:
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Inspecting your feet daily
- Having regular foot exams
- Visiting the podiatrist once every six months
- Controlling your diabetes
- Taking even minor injuries seriously
You can also lower your risk of diabetes-related foot problems by always wearing socks and shoes. Try and avoid going barefoot as it significantly increases your risk of cuts, blisters, and stepping down on foreign objects.
To learn more about the benefits of diabetic limb salvage, make an appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.