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Diabetic Foot Care: Comprehensive Services

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Expert podiatrist at Modern Foot & Ankle providing comprehensive diabetic foot care to prevent and manage complications such as ulcers, infections, and amputations.

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March 31, 2024

Modern Foot & Ankle offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from diabetic foot complications, such as ulcers, infections, and amputations. Proper foot care and regular check-ups with a podiatrist can significantly reduce the instances of lower extremity ulcerations and limb loss. This guide will help you understand the causes, symptoms, and treatments for diabetic foot complications, and how our expert team of podiatrists can provide personalized care for this condition.

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Understanding Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic foot complications are common among patients with diabetes, with foot ulcers being the most frequent issue. Approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes develop a foot ulcer, and 6 percent of those patients will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications. Regular diabetic check-ups and preventative care can help reduce the risk of lower extremity ulcerations and amputations.

Causes of Diabetic Foot Complications

Anyone with diabetes can develop foot complications. Factors that contribute to the development of foot ulcers include:

  • Lack of feeling in the foot due to neuropathy
  • Poor circulation
  • Foot deformities
  • Irritation (such as friction or pressure)
  • Trauma or injury
  • Accidental cuts or abrasions from home nail and callus care

Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Complications

Since many people with diabetes have reduced or no ability to feel pain in their feet, pain is not a common symptom of diabetic foot complications. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Drainage in your sock
  • Redness and swelling
  • Odor, if an ulcer has progressed significantly

When to Seek Care with Us

Prevention is the best approach to diabetic foot complications. Attend regular check-ups at our office every 2-3 months for a foot examination, trimming of thickened nails and calluses, and a thorough examination of the sensation and circulation in your feet. If you notice an ulcer or any other foot complication, visit our office immediately to reduce the risk of infection and amputation.

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Types of Treatment We Offer

Our podiatrists will develop a suitable treatment plan for your diabetic foot complications using a multispecialty approach. 

Key factors in the treatment of diabetic foot complications include:

  • Prevention of infection
  • Off-loading pressure from the affected area
  • Debridement (removal of dead skin and tissue)
  • Application of medication or dressings
  • Managing blood glucose and other health problems

Surgical Options:

A majority of non-infected foot ulcers are treated without surgery. However, If non-surgical treatments fail, surgical management may be appropriate. Surgical care options include:

  • Shaving or excision of bones to remove pressure on the affected area
  • Correction of deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, or bony bumps (exostoses)

Healing time varies depending on several factors, including wound size, location, pressure on the wound, swelling, circulation, blood glucose levels, wound care, and the treatments applied.

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Why Choose Us for Diabetic Foot Care

At Modern Foot & Ankle, we are dedicated to offering exceptional, patient-centered care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including diabetic foot care. Our team of skilled podiatrists and surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatments that help prevent and manage diabetic foot complications.

When you choose Modern Foot & Ankle for your diabetic foot care, you can expect:

  1. Personalized Treatment Plans - We work closely with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan that caters to their unique needs and goals, focusing on prevention and early intervention to avoid serious complications.
  2. Advanced Techniques and Technology - Our team employs cutting-edge techniques and technology to provide safe, efficient treatments for diabetic foot issues, including wound care, off-loading techniques, and surgical interventions when necessary.
  3. Compassionate Care - We understand that managing diabetic foot complications can be challenging, and we are committed to offering compassionate care and support throughout your treatment journey.
  4. Experienced Specialists - Our team of podiatric specialists has extensive experience in managing diabetic foot care and other foot and ankle conditions, ensuring you receive the highest quality care possible.
  5. Coordination with Other Healthcare Providers - We collaborate with your primary care doctor, endocrinologist, and other healthcare professionals involved in your diabetes management to ensure that your diabetic foot care is well-coordinated and integrated with your overall diabetes treatment plan.
  6. Convenient Locations - With multiple locations across the region, we make it easy to access high-quality care close to home.

Don't let diabetic foot complications impact your quality of life. Contact Modern Foot & Ankle today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our diabetic foot care treatment options.

In Summary

  1. Diabetic foot complications, such as ulcers and infections, are common among patients with diabetes.
  2. Prevention, early diagnosis, and proper treatment are crucial for managing diabetic foot complications and avoiding amputation.
  3. Modern Foot & Ankle offers comprehensive care for patients with diabetic foot complications, providing personalized treatment plans and state-of-the-art techniques.
  4. Trust our dedicated team of podiatrists at Modern Foot & Ankle to provide personalized, expert care for your diabetic foot care needs.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.

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What is diabetic foot care and why is it important?

Diabetic foot care involves regular check-ups and proper foot care to prevent and manage complications such as ulcers, infections, and amputations. It's crucial for patients with diabetes as they are more prone to these complications due to factors like poor circulation and nerve damage.

What are the common causes of diabetic foot complications?

Diabetic foot complications can result from various factors, including lack of feeling in the foot due to neuropathy, poor circulation, accidental cuts or abrasions from home nail and callus care, and trauma or injury.

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot complications?

Symptoms of diabetic foot complications can include drainage in your sock, redness and swelling, and odor if an ulcer has progressed significantly. Since many people with diabetes have reduced or no ability to feel pain in their feet, pain is not a common symptom.

When should I seek professional care for diabetic foot complications?

Prevention is the best approach to diabetic foot complications. Attend regular check-ups at our office every 2-3 months for a foot examination, trimming of thickened nails and calluses, and a thorough examination of the sensation and circulation in your feet. If you notice an ulcer or any other foot complication, visit our office immediately to reduce the risk of infection and amputation.

What types of treatment do you offer for diabetic foot complications?

Our podiatrists at Modern Foot & Ankle will develop a suitable treatment plan for your diabetic foot complications using a multispecialty approach. Key factors in the treatment of diabetic foot complications include prevention of infection, off-loading pressure from the affected area, debridement (removal of dead skin and tissue), application of medication or dressings, and managing blood glucose and other health problems.

Why should I choose Modern Foot & Ankle for my diabetic foot care?

At Modern Foot & Ankle, we are dedicated to offering exceptional, patient-centered care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including diabetic foot care. Our team of skilled podiatrists and surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatments that help prevent and manage diabetic foot complications.

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