With regular preventive diabetic foot care, you can reduce the likelihood of limb amputation by up to 85%. At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, leading podiatrists provide the monitoring, treatment, and preventive care you need for foot wounds, diabetic neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, Charcot foot, and other diabetic foot problems. Call the office in Frisco, Little Elm, or McKinney, Texas, or book your appointment using the online scheduler.
If you have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, or if your doctor diagnoses you with prediabetes, you can benefit from diabetic foot care at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano.
Both regular checkups and urgent care for new damage is important to maintain your foot health.
Diabetic foot care is extremely important for anyone with diabetes because of the effects that high blood sugar has on your feet, including:
Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, afflicts up to half of all those who have diabetes. Because nerve damage can reduce sensation in your feet, wounds often go undiscovered until they’re quite serious.
One serious complication of peripheral neuropathy is Charcot foot, a type of arthritis in which the foot bones weaken and collapse. Because you don’t feel the initial bone injury, you walk on the injured foot until the joints collapse, eventually leading to “rocker bottom" feet.
Many diabetics also experience peripheral artery disease (PAD), which happens when fat deposits block or narrow the arteries leading to your feet.
PAD causes considerable difficulty with healing foot and ankle wounds. This can significantly increase the risk of wound ulceration and infection.
When you have diabetes, you simply don’t recover from illness efficiently. Although this applies to all parts of your body, your feet are perhaps the most vulnerable area. That makes diabetic foot care a critical part of your disease maintenance.
Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano believes in collaborative care. The skillful podiatrists educate you about at-home diabetic foot care in addition to treating more complex issues in the office.
In-office treatments for diabetic foot problems include:
Your podiatrist also recommends a home care schedule for you, which may include:
If you have diabetes, it’s important to work with your primary care doctor or diabetes specialist to manage your blood sugar, as it’s the best way to avoid foot problems.
For all your diabetic foot care needs, reach out to Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano by phone or through the online appointment scheduler.