Many diabetes sufferers have feet and ankle problems, with nerve damage an especially serious problem. The podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute are diabetic foot care experts, and they’re ready to help you with symptoms like pain, burning, and numbness. Schedule your visit through the online tool or call your nearest office today.
If your diabetes isn't well-managed, you can suffer from nervous system damage and organ damage. When you have nerve damage, you're less able to feel sensation in your feet. You may not notice pain, heat, or cold unless it's severe.
You may also have cuts or blisters that never get treated because you don't feel them, and this can lead to diabetic foot ulcers and other foot issues. In severe cases, diabetes sufferers can lose toes, feet, or even their leg due to uncontrolled diabetic foot problems. For this reason, it's very important that you closely monitor your feet for issues.
Good diabetic foot care includes yearly visits to your Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute podiatrist. Your podiatrist performs a thorough evaluation and monitors any ongoing issues with your feet and ankles.
Schedule an additional urgent care appointment if you start experiencing problems like swelling, bruising or other discoloration, foot pain, or slow-healing wounds on your feet.
Your podiatrist may recommend several home care tips such as:
Your podiatrist may have additional tips to help you enjoy optimal foot health in spite of your diabetes. Of course, it's also crucial that you see your primary care doctor on the established schedule to make sure your diabetes is properly managed through lifestyle, medication, or supplemental insulin.
In many cases, you don't need surgery. Your podiatrist can often treat problems like diabetic foot ulcers very effectively with topical ointments or creams, bandaging, oral medication, and other solutions. You may also need orthotics to help you relieve pressure on the ulcer.
If you have severe diabetic foot disease, you may need surgery to remove dead skin, or to shave the bone surrounding your ulcer. Surgery can also correct co-existing issues that make the diabetic foot problems worse, such as hammertoes or bunions, for example.
Use the online scheduling tool or call now to book your appointment at the Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute location nearest you.